Will Kingsley Crow?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by antiqsolo, Feb 13, 2017.

  1. antiqsolo

    antiqsolo Out Of The Brooder

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    I recently bought a trio of RIR, two hens and a rooster. Regrettably I didn't ask their age, so I don't know where to even begin id'ing him myself.. I've gotten mixed remarks about whether Kingsley is a roo or a hen, so I figured I'd ask here, since everyone here is so good about answering my noob questions! He's got gorgeous black feathering on his neck and wings and tail, totally unlike my 11 RIR hens. Also, could anyone age him for me? I'm thinking 8-12 weeks, but it would be nice to know when to expect him to start crowing and doing his thing.

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  2. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    8-12 looks to be about right. And I do think he is a male. But he is not a Rhode Island Red, could be a RIR cross but not pure.
     
  3. antiqsolo

    antiqsolo Out Of The Brooder

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    He's a mutt alright [​IMG] I don't mind that though. Just like to call 'em the same as the others. Glad I got the age in the right ballpark! When should I expect to buy earplugs? [​IMG]
     
  4. carlsaSC

    carlsaSC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A hen takes about 21 weeks before they will think about starting to lay. I would not expect a roo to begin to crow before that age, either. Don't worry, in 12 weeks or so, you'll be asking when it will stop
     
  5. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hard tellin...Some males crow as early as 6 weeks and some never crow. It depends on the bird. I'd say in the next few weeks he should start making some noise. Especially if there are other males around. One purpose of crowing is kind of a challenge/warning to other males. To either coming and try and take my females or better stay away from my girls or you'll get your hind end kicked. Also it is a response to other noises or environment changes, like a car horn, wind in the trees, or feeding time. Like how dogs seem to bark at nothing, just because we didn't hear/see it doesn't mean they didn't.
     
  6. antiqsolo

    antiqsolo Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank ya! He's the only boy (I didn't want to deal with the headache of more), but this spring I'll be putting two flocks in a split-pen. One half will hold my RIRs, Kingsley, a bantam RIR, two Australorps and two Silver Laced Wyandottes, and the other will hold Buff Orpingtons - so I have a feeling that Kingsley and whichever BO roo I keep will have many screaming matches, haha.
     
  7. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I foresee lots of crowing in your future
     
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  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Cockerel.
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Out to pasture
    cockerel let the noise begin
     
  10. antiqsolo

    antiqsolo Out Of The Brooder

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    Does anyone know what he may be mixed with? I didn't get to meet the breeding stock.
     

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