A rooster is a male
chicken. Although they are small, chickens are one of the most
important farm animals. Farmers raise chickens for eggs or
meat. Both eggs and meat are high in protein, and protein is a
key part of our diet. Today nearly 6.5 billion chickens are
raised each year in the United States alone.
Although chickens have feathers and wings, they only can fly
very short distances. Most adult chickens are brown or white.
Chickens live between three and five years.
are social animals. This means that they develop a rank among
themselves. Roosters are more aggressive than the females; it
is a rooster’s job to make sure his hens, or female chickens,
are safe from other roosters and are able to eat.
roosters are best known for their “cock-a-doodle-doo” sound. The
rooster is like an alarm clock for the farm, because it wakes up
early in the morning with the sun. This is helpful because
farmers get up early to tend to the animals.