Why are roosters called roosters?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by gamefowl-layers, Apr 24, 2016.

  1. gamefowl-layers

    gamefowl-layers Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 12, 2016
    Littlerock California
    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
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    They are called roosters because big brother/auto correct/PC deletes c**ks.
  3. yoda47

    yoda47 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 21, 2016
    MI, USA
    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).

    (Edited to make the filters happy)
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2016
  4. ChickenHermit

    ChickenHermit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2015
    Astoria, OR
    I've actually wondered that before as well, mostly because hens roost too, so why wouldn't they ALL be called roosters? [​IMG] Anyway, it's interesting to see the etymology.
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    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.

    Testing big brother, cock.
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    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 [​IMG]

    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.
  7. ChickenHermit

    ChickenHermit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2015
    Astoria, OR
    I'm totally going to start calling my roosters "Bedtime Policemen" from now on! [​IMG]
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    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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