Crow­ing com­pe­ti­tions

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QWe are look­ing for a new at­trac­tion for our vil­lage fete next sum­mer (pub­lic opin­ion has stopped us run­ning our sheep-rac­ing any longer!) and some­one re­cently sug­gested a cock-crow­ing com­pe­ti­tion. Do any of your ex­perts know any­thing about such things?

AJeremy Hob­son says; Such things have been around for a long time. In fact, the Yurlov Crower was, as its name sug­gests, used in the crow­ing com­pe­ti­tions which were ex­tremely pop­u­lar through­out Rus­sia at the be­gin­ning of the 20th cen­tury. Ac­cord­ing to records, there were, even as late as 1985, only 200 spec­i­mens of Yurlov poul­try reg­is­tered through­out Rus­sia and sev­eral of these were kept at gov­ern­ment poul­try farms, with­out which the breed would have un­doubt­edly be­come ex­tinct. For­tu­nately, as a re­sult, the pop­u­la­tion in Rus­sia and the Ukraine now num­bers thou­sands rather than hun­dreds. It is, how­ever, still rare in Europe and else­where.

Cock-crow­ing com­pe­ti­tions were also taken very se­ri­ously in Amer­ica and parts of Europe dur­ing the early 1900s. Ba­si­cally, the idea of the com­pe­ti­tion was for a time-keeper to stand in front of each feath­ered con­tes­tant in or­der to note down the length of crow, the num­ber of crows and the vari­a­tion of notes in a given time – gen­er­ally 15-30 min­utes. In 1901, an anony­mous writer de­scribed a crow­ing com­pe­ti­tion in the USA in the fol­low­ing way: “The mode of op­er­a­tion is to place the cages con­tain­ing the roost­ers in a long row, and then one bird will gen­er­ally set the oth­ers crow­ing. A marker for each bird, ap­pointed by the or­gan­iser of the show, has as his duty to note care­fully the num­ber of crows made by his bird. Each com­peti­tor puts up one dol­lar and the win­ner takes all.”

Quite how great a crowd-puller a cock-crow­ing com­pe­ti­tion will be at your sum­mer fete is an­other mat­ter en­tirely!

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