It’s official… the month old Rhode Island Red/ Americana chick we purchased several months ago is a rooster. We had recently observed other signs and behaviors that indicated this possibility. A deep red comb and waddle that grew more quickly than the ones of our pullets; a disinterest in the nesting boxes; and most recently, an attempt to be “friendly” with our bantam hens.
At around six o’clock this past Saturday morning, we were awoken to the most tell-tale sign of all… a crackling, pubescent sounding attempt at a cock-a-doodle-doo! Our kids crashed through our bedroom doorway, shouting, “mom, dad, we heard the rooster say cock-a-doodle-doo!”
While our rooster didn’t actually say cock-a-doodle-doo, this is how the English language describes a rooster’s crow. How do other languages describe the sound a rooster makes? I’d love to know!