I’ve come to a conclusion.
The rooster’s vigorous crowing in the morning is not an announcement that all things chicken are ready to emerge and meet the day; Let us out!
It’s more like a snooze alarm, that the hens are champions at sleeping through.
I’ve always thought that the chickens were crazy to be ready to go that early. But they aren’t. The rooster is just premature.
If I go let them out while it’s still dark, the roosters may have been going at it for nearly two hours, but the hens will bumble out slow and dopey, or just not come out. They’re still sleepy, serenely ignoring that loudmouth coop crier.
Hit snooze again… just one more snooze…maybe one more…