A rooster is a male chicken and the term “rooster” originated in the United States.
It could come from the fact that most chickens “roost” in tree tops to sleep at night.
Today these hens and roosters are prized for their gorgeous colored plumes.
Though many other island have hens and roosters Key West has the most famous population. The colorful roosters and the mother hens followed by lines of tiny chicks weave in and out of traffic and through outdoor cafes all over town.
Key West residents call them gypsy chickens.
Tourist marvel at their freedom and abundance.