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Why are roosters called roosters?

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Every time I type this on google, I get responses like "rooster is a male while chicken is a female" that's not what I mean at all. My question is why "rooster"?

I'm asking because today I just noticed that every time a chicken wants to lay an egg, the rooster is always in the nesting box. I used to find it funny honestly, but is this the reason they are called roosters? Because they roost before chickens lay eggs? ALL my roosters do this and I just realized this May be a reason.

Please if you know, can you let me know? Or send a link to where it explains? Thanks
post #2 of 8

They are called roosters because big brother/auto correct/PC deletes c**ks.

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post #3 of 8
From Dictionary.com:

1772, from roost (earlier roost c**k, 1606), in sense of "the roosting bird," favored in the U.S. as a puritan alternative to c**k (and compare roach).

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Edited by yoda47 - 4/24/16 at 1:57pm
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I've actually wondered that before as well, mostly because hens roost too, so why wouldn't they ALL be called roosters? ;) Anyway, it's interesting to see the etymology.

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Our flock: 2 African Geese, 16 Bantam Cochins, 12 Silkies, 11 Mixed Breed Bantams, 6 Japanese Bantams, 6 D'Uccles, 1 OEGB, 1 white crested black polish, and 1 very confused pigeon.
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I think it has something to do with roosters playing a large role in roost site selection and they make it easier for keeper to find roosting flock.


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I was raised being told it was because the male rounds everyone up at night and makes sure they're all on the roost at bedtime. Rooster was apparently easier to say then Bedtime Policeman :)

 

And I do think it's funny we can use the correct term for a male bird, a cock, but we can't use the correct term for a female dog, a *****. But, the site is family friendly and overall I'm very happy with that. 

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I was raised being told it was because the male rounds everyone up at night and makes sure they're all on the roost at bedtime. Rooster was apparently easier to say then Bedtime Policeman :)

 

And I do think it's funny we can use the correct term for a male bird, a cock, but we can't use the correct term for a female dog, a *****. But, the site is family friendly and overall I'm very happy with that. 

 

I'm totally going to start calling my roosters "Bedtime Policemen" from now on! :lau

Our flock: 2 African Geese, 16 Bantam Cochins, 12 Silkies, 11 Mixed Breed Bantams, 6 Japanese Bantams, 6 D'Uccles, 1 OEGB, 1 white crested black polish, and 1 very confused pigeon.
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Our flock: 2 African Geese, 16 Bantam Cochins, 12 Silkies, 11 Mixed Breed Bantams, 6 Japanese Bantams, 6 D'Uccles, 1 OEGB, 1 white crested black polish, and 1 very confused pigeon.
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post #8 of 8

I've always thought it funny that a male chicken is called a cock, but doesn't have one of what that word is also used to describe...hahaha!

 

...and think it's just silly that male chickens are called a rooster but female are called chickens....... a rooster is a chicken too!

 

Cock, Hen, Cockerel, Pullet covers them all clearly.

 

But.... languages/words are funny in their evolution and colloquialisms.

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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