Rooster crows: why and when does it crowing? What regulations on noise?


The first light of day are barely perceptible than his cocorico already resonates. How does the rooster cry too sound ? And for what reasons does he speak so loudly? All about a song that can sow the seeds discord between neighbors!

How does the rooster crows?

Like many animals, the rooster communicated with sound. He sings, coquerique or coqueline. To express itself, the bird uses a organ called syrinx, located at the junction of the trachea and bronchi. It is by pushing the air out of his lungs and contracting his muscles internal cells that the gallinacea makes the membrane vibrate, thus producing its famous cock-a-doodle Doo.

Why is the rooster crowing?

Result of a response hormonal, rooster crowing is a territorial behavior which fulfills two essential functions:

  • Attract females who have several criteria to choose their partner: the finery, the plumage, and the rooster’s cry which reflects its vigor;
  • Assert authority on the other males of the barnyard (if there are any) or on those living nearby.

Does the rooster make other sounds?

Roosters are capable of making the same sounds as hens: the cackle. Translated as onomatopoeia “cot, cot”, this more soothing cry is produced when, for example, the rooster has found a source offood interesting (worms, larvae, insects) and that they report it to the rest of the group. When a danger looming (arrival of an intruder, flight over raptors), the gallinaceous can give the alert by pushing a rumble specific.

When does the rooster crows?

The rooster begins to cockerel from the very first light of day, around 4 a.m. solstice summer! This is when the temperature is still fresh that the sounds disperse the best. Contrary to popular belief, the rooster does not express itself only indawn. The bird cries out all day with a concentration observed at certain times: dawn, midday, mid-afternoon, sunset … However, there is no rule for the animal which can also roost at night when the Moon diffuses a lot of clarity.

At what age does the rooster start to crow?

If some roosters try their first vocalizations from the age of three months, it is rather at the age of four / five months that the cocoricos begin to really make themselves heard, well before the maturity of the gallinacea which begins around six months. The first sounds are sometimes very hesitant to fully assert themselves at the age of nine months and never stop!

Are all the roosters crowing?

That they are dwarves or large sizes, all roosters crowing because this behavior hormonal is inherent in its species (as in most birds). On the other hand, not all express themselves with the same frequency or neither the same intensity. For the anecdote, the rooster Denizli – originally from Turkey – is renowned for length and the power of its cry which can last more than twenty seconds. Namely that a strong and sustained song reflects a good physical condition and a satisfactory diet for the animal. Conversely, a rooster that stops cocking reflects an abnormal situation (disease, presence of parasite ..) and requires special attention. Only a rooster castrated do not sing.

Rooster crowing and neighborhood disturbance

Article R1334-31 of the public health code stipulates that “no noise individual must not, by its duration, its repetition or its intensity, undermine the tranquility of the neighborhood or the health of man, in a public or private place, that a person is himself at the origin or that it is through the intermediary of a person, a thing in their care or an animal under their responsibility ”. In the eyes of the law, the crowing of the rooster can thus be considered as a nuisance and sanctioned. However, the jurisprudence demonstrates a consideration of the context: depending on whether the noise is produced in the countryside or in town, in a sparsely populated area or a subdivision.

Rooster crow: the legislation is changing

Thursday, January 30, 2020, the National Assembly adopted at theunanimity a text amending Article L. 110-1 of the Environment Code in order to protect the “heritage sensory of the countryside “, Henceforth, the notion of abnormal neighborhood disturbance enters into the civil code and takes into account the circumstances of places. Each department is thus called upon to delimit its zones rural and to establish its inventory of noises and smells characteristics of the defined perimeter. As soon as they are registered, the emanations of cow dung or manure, the sound of clarines or rooster crow can no longer be considered as abnormal neighborhood disturbances. This parliamentary initiative follows the increase in the number of complaints filed in recent years for noise pollution or olfactory.

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