Do yourself a favor. If you don’t own a rooster, go find one today and watch that rooster until you see it crow. I promise you won’t regret it. It is such an amazing sight. A rooster will stop its strut, plant its two feet firmly on the ground and with all his might, belt out the loudest crow they can muster.
You can see their chests puff up as they take in a huge breath before it crows. I can almost see the intensity in the eyes of the bird as it announces his presence to the flock and anything else in ear shot. It is not doubt in my mind that the purpose of his crow is to make his presence known.
Debunking the crow myth
I recently read that scientist didn’t know why a rooster crows until 2013. Considering how long man and animal have lived together, I find that hard to believe, but alas, I will share my observations of the 6 roosters we have in our flock.
First off, a rooster is a terrible alarm clock. The myth out there is that roosters crow at sunrise to announce to the flock that it is time to get out there and hunt for food. While I have observed our rooster crow in the morning, the first crow is almost always before sunrise. One of the most prevailing theories is that a rooster can feel the barometric pressure change before dawn and that is how they know the sun is about to rise.
If you have ever been on a Zoom call with me, you will know that roosters crow all throughout the day and not just in the morning. Before sitting down to write this post, I had the thought to count how many times our roosters crow to toss that little fact in here, well I lost count. But my guess is every 20-30 words I hear them crow.
In our flock of 60 birds, each rooster has its own mini-flock of hens that follow them around. If one rooster tries to mount another rooster’s hen, the protector of that flock interrupts this act. The behavior of a rooster is very protective. Each rooster has its own crow and I think they use this crow to communicate to their flock while letting the other roosters know their presence and dominance.
How to sound off like a rooster
A lesson we can take from the rooster is that they don’t stand next to each other and have a crow-off. As a matter of fact, I rarely see our roosters near each other unless they are at their feeding trough. Instead, the roosters crow to display who they are and what they are capable of. This is not to put down the other roosters, but to let the world know of their presence.
They don’t have a hen crow for them or find another way to communicate, but they use the talents and breathe in their lungs to take care of their flock. Their focus is to alert, protect, and communicate. Ironically enough, the crow is also not very self serving. If a predator is around, the most logical thing for these small animals to do is hide and be quiet. Contrary, the rooster crows loudly, asserts a defensive position and ensures his flock is taken care of.
I have days that I feel like the largest rooster with the loudest crow protecting my family and loved ones from the predators of this world. Then, there are days where I feel like the old rooster that has lost his crow. I believe we can help each other’s crow and teach the young roosters how to protect their flock. Want help developing your crow? Shoot me a message and I’d love to chat.
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