Common questions about long-crowing fowl

Q- Does every rooster crow long?
A- No, it's variable, the same as with all other genetic traits.

Q- Is every crow long?
A- No, they would hyperventilate. Approximately every fifth crow is of maximum length including a prominent inhale sound at the end.

Q- Is a cockerel's voice as good as it will get as soon as he learns to crow?

A- No, it takes a year or longer for the voice to mature.

Q- Does a rooster's crow stay the same length his whole life?
A- No, it reaches maximum length at around a year of age. Then starts to decrease somewhat by year three.

Q- Is each long crow of equal quality?
A- No. A good crow is 10-15 seconds in length and of a two-tone pitch with a prominent inhale sound at the end of every fifth, or longest, crow. Denizli may crow as long as 20 seconds, but having a gruff single pitched tone for the most part.

Pure Long Crowing Breeds from Toni-Marie Astin's 2002 imports.

The Turkish Denizli-

Below: A half mature Denizli cockerel with a twelve second crow at six months of age.

Denizli cockerel at six months of age standing 26" tall not including the comb and weighing 5 Lbs 4 oz. Denizli are quite large birds that continue to grow and fill out until 18 months of age. This is an example of a pure Denizli. The pure Denizli from the 2002 imports (only known import of Denizli into the US) are large birds of a gold birchen color with large amounts of black throughout the body. The hens are dark brown with stippling and broken baring over the body and have black to gold necks. Color patterns and body shapes and sizes other than these may be tell-tale signs of an out-cross.

The Japanese Tomaru-

Pair of Tomaru. Rooster weighing 7 Lbs 8 oz.

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