A Long-Crow: Chickens with the Longest Crows!

Above: Tomaru Long-Crowing Rooster by Chicken Addicts Anonymous

Long-crowing breeds are not recognized by the APA (American Poultry Association) and are very rare chickens. Though the longest recorded crow was ~25 seconds, Long-crowers have been known to extend a single crow for over 30 seconds (Read more of this article for a recording!)…

Long Crowing Chicken Rarity:

There are many long-crowing breeds. However, they are rare and hard to find In the U.S. Added onto than, some long-crowing breeds can crow longer than others, making true champion crowers a rare find. In fact, according to Clark Kidder (A long-crowing chicken owner who obtained some birds from a friend), a long-crowing Japanese Tomaru, shipped straight from Japan and guaranteed to crow 15 seconds or more, will cost ~$1,500. Not only that, but quarantine can cost ~$500. This brings the cost of purchasing and importing each long-crowing bird to roughly $2,000.

Long Crowing Chicken Breeds:

The Bergische Kräher, Jurlower, Berat and Kosova Long Crower are all long-crowing breeds. However, that is not all. The Denizli is a long-crowing Turkish breed. Japan also is due credit for the creation of some long crowing breeds, including the Koeyoshi, Kurokashiwa, Tomaru and Tôtenko.

Long-Crowing Chicken History:

Long-Crowing chickens have long been prized for their long, resonating crows. In fact, many long-crowing breeds have been around for centuries. However, little record has been kept about the history concerning many long-crowing breeds. Some of them descended from old, cockfighting breeds. However, many Japanese long crowing chickens (such as Tomarus) are reputably gentle, docile and exceptionally friendly. This is likely due to the fact that crowing competitions are difficult to hold with aggressive birds (thus, the most amicable birds were selected for breeding). It might also be due to the fact that Japanese Shamos (docile, friendly chickens) were used in the development of at least a few long-crowing chicken breeds.

Although quite rare in the U.S, long crower competitions are sometimes held in other countries (primarily Turkey and Japan). In such competitions, crow duration, sound and frequency of crows is often considered.

Although few people get to hear a long-crowing rooster in person, thanks to the internet, you can still watch such a performance! (To see and hear one, scroll down and click the link below)!

Hear Long Crowing Roosters Crow!

Here is a link to a video of a Long-Crowing rooster crowing exhibition/competition. Sadly, a mere recording doesn’t do the beautiful birds justice.


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