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THE ROOSTER AND ITS CROW.

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The animals know when it’s daybreak even in a darkened room, study says. The male birds don’t need external light cues to know when to start crowing. The animals would vocalize more in response to light and sound in the mornings than during other times of day. This means the roosters’ internal clocks take precedence over external cues. Their circadian clock still dominated the behavior and their crowing sounded stronger in the early morning. The study also made known that social rank among the birds affected the timing of when they crow.

“Crowing is a warning alert that shows territorial claims. My beginning data suggest that the highest ranked rooster has priority in breaking the dawn, and lower [ranking] roosters are patient enough to wait and follow the highest ranked rooster each morning,” said Tobi Olorunfemi.

WHY DOES ROOSTER CROW IN THE MORNING?

The answer from scientists is that it has something to do with an alarm clock. A rooster crows because he has an internal clock that helps him anticipate sunrise. Like all birds, roosters sing – or crow – in a daily cycle. … The rooster’s sunrise song is actually a way of establishing his territory. Listed below are the reasons why a rooster crow in the morning.

  • They are marking out territory- they are letting other roosters know where they are, so they don’t invade each other’s territory.
  • They are keeping their flock together- the rooster’s job is to make sure hens don’t wander away. Crowing allows the hens to know if they have wandered too far.
  • They serve as alarm before the invention of wall clock as timing.
  • They crow to gather the flock early in the morning and to communicate to it.
  • They crow as a warning of danger to the flock.

BENEFITS OF HAVING ROOSTERS

I believe that keeping a rooster has many more benefits. Here are just a few of the most useful benefits.

  1. THEY GIVES EARLY ALERT

A beautiful, natural alarm clock can be beneficial for some people wanting a rooster. Others find that roosters are invaluable as guardians for their hens. While the average rooster probably won’t attack a large predator threatening his flock, he is far more alert than hens, which means he will warn the flock of danger. Sometimes this early alert system to a dog or a hawk can mean all the difference for the hens to have the time to hide or run.

  • THEY FERTILIZE EGGS

One of the main reason people end up getting a rooster is because they want fertile eggs. This is a huge benefit for homesteaders, as they will be able to replace their own flock without having to buy new stock. Heritage and dual-purpose breeds of hens are more apt to brood their own eggs, but you probably should invest in an incubator as a backup.

  • HENS GET HAPPIER AROUND THEM

When flocks are just hens,  the hens truly seem happier with one or two good roosters around. The dynamics between hens and a rooster seem to be very important for the girls. Roosters will look after the hens, alert them to food and even help find them good spots to lay eggs. The hens are having a dominant bird to run the flock. When a flock consists of only hens, typically one hen will take over and run the flock. This can lead to aggression issues. Some hens even take this position so seriously they will begin to crow. Having a rooster eliminates this problem.

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