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Rooster or Cockerel

 

Brahma Tina

The young Rooster or Cockerel or cock is a male chicken typically less than one year old.  The term Rooster originated in the United States and is broadly used throughout North America, Australia and New Zealand. In the United Kingdom and Ireland the term Cock or Cockerel is still used to identify a young male chicken. (Rooster) These terms Cockerel or Cock is very commonly used in some in these areas.

The term “Cock” is a very common name for male species of birds. Chicken are not the the only “bird” to have this name. All kinds of fowl fall under this term. One example of many is the common sparrow, called, a “Cock Sparrow”.

The Rooster or Cockerel shares some characteristics with the hens also such as roosting. This is a term used for when they go in for the night. They will go into the coop and roost on a upper board of something use to get them off of the ground. In the wild or free range they find trees with lower hanging limbs to roost on. They will roost on anything they can find if nothing is made for them. Trees, bushes, fences, etc.

Crowing Rooster

The Rooster or Cockerel will also find a roost off the ground to watch his hens and nest area when they are feeding during the day. Although the Cockerel or rooster is a polygamous creature he cannot guard all or the nest but the ones in a general area! He not only fends off other Cockerels or roosters but also watches for predators and gives off a distinctive warning sound if any danger is spotted.

Just about every time you see a Rooster or Cockerel crowing on tv or in a picture it is a setting at around the crack of dawn. Even in the cartoons it is portrayed this way! This is a no more true than we only eat at one time of day! Roosters or Cockerels have no set time to crow and if you own them you already know a rooster or cockerel will crow whenever the notion strikes him throughout the day! The cockerel can start crowing around 4 months of age. The odd thing here is that hens can crow also! This crowing along with hackles and crackled attempts is a way to determine in most breeds if it is a Rooster or Cockerel rather than a hen. They love to sit up high on a fence or on top of any object 3 feet – 5 feet off the ground and proclaim their manhood!

Some roosters or cockerels will crow several times a day, I mean lots of times while others may only crow a couple of times throughout the day. Many times this depends on the Rooster and the breed. They all have their own personalities! Just like people, some like to talk more than others and some roosters like to crow more than others! Roosters have several other calls as well, and can cluck, similar to the hen. Roosters will occasionally make a patterned series of clucks to attract hens to a source of food, the same way a mother hen does for her chicks.

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