The world expects roosters to begin crowing at dawn. Ours always have. But the truth is, roosters crow whenever they feel like it. With the advent of backyard chickens in urban and suburban settings, this doesn’t sit too well with neighbors. A crowing rooster at first light is quaint; one who crows the livelong day can be an annoyance.
So if a rooster crows incessantly, is his circadian rhythm out of whack? Not necessarily. Here are five pretty sound reasons why from the perspective of the rooster himself.
First light – Morning has broken!
An impending threat – Psssssttt, ladies, wily coyote approaching from the east
Unabashed pride – An egg has been laid!
Dominance – Look, Mack, I rule this roost
Just because – Another rooster is crowing; I’m hungry; I’m bored; You’re in my space
Watch this short video of our own Louis in crowing action. You’ll hear my feeble attempt to get him ruffled.
For unbiased information about crowing, read the fascinating research recently published in Nat Geo.