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what age do cockrels start to crow?

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electricbarbarella · 13/07/2008 07:48

One of my hens may be a cock and I am starting to worry as the evidence is stacking up against him, he will have to go back if it is a cock.
However this hen is not top of the pecking order that i can see, is 15weeks old and as only a very very small comb, isvery very gentle.
It is a salmon faverolli and has the colouring that from what I can see the males have but if it was as simple as colouring then surley the breeder would have known.
Any ideas?

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TheDuchessOfNorksBride · 13/07/2008 10:42

Cockerels do grow slower than hens, both in size, feather and comb, and do get pushed around and bullied by the hens until they're more grown-up. They start trying to crow from 6 months onwards - though my current one was at least 8 or 9 months old.

But by 15 weeks I would have thought 'he'd' have other features, such as the plumy tail feathers.

Post a good picture and MN will get judgey!

electricbarbarella · 13/07/2008 13:23

They are not great photo's I will try to get some later, I think it is a girl, comb barely existant, Judge away.

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TheDuchessOfNorksBride · 13/07/2008 21:37

I can't really tell from those photo's (you'll have to take some more !!). He/she is very upright/long necked in 3rd photo which is a bit cockerel-ish but it could just be an alert hen having a good look round.

Incidentally I put pink or blue leg rings on all my 6 week old chicks last Monday and now I think I've got most of them wrong. So take no notice of me!

electricbarbarella · 14/07/2008 07:16

Apparently it is deffo a cock, I have sent the photo's to a favorelle breeder, I am not sure why the breeder didn't know that though apparently it is very obvious from the colouring in this breed.
I shall be sorry to send him back, i don't suppose there is any chance that he is a non crowing cockrel?

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