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Hi chicken lovers.

 

I'm new to roosters and thought I had the best rooster ever.....until this past weekend.  He was born around March of this year and started crowing in the summer, which was hilarious at first.  He would crow around 10:00 no earlier, which was fine by me.  Now he's crowing at 5:00-5:30 every morning.  We usually open their door about 6:30-7:00.  I told him when I fed them scraps that day, to not crow until he's let out. lol  He seemed to listen for one day, but now he's back to 5:00 again.  Like I said, I'm not familiar enough about roosters, what could all of sudden be causing him to crow so early. And is there anything I can do about it?  Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. (But I'm sure I'm going to have to get used to it)

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Any changes in the family or neighborhood routine?  Lights turning on, car doors slamming, dogs being let out - anything that might possibly be inspiring him?  Or maybe it's just that his testosterone level has peaked and he is thinking about romancing the 'girls' when they leave the roost.

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Hormones. Roosters will crow any time of day. If he can hear another rooster, he will likely crow back to it.

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Was breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders. Not anymore thanks to a bobcat.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.



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This sounds familiar.  My cockerel (hatched in April), starts repeatedly crowing at least 1 hour before sunrise.  He must be picking up on the faint increase in light that happens before the sun comes up.  Yes, it's pretty annoying!

 

I've heard that early morning crowing can be reduced by blackening the windows, but that doesn't really help as the windows are needed for light and ventilation.  I've also heard of people putting the rooster in a windowless coop to reduce crowing.  There's also a "no crow" collar, but I have no idea how well it works. 

 

Best of luck to you.  I think we're both going to have to put up with it if we want to keep our roosters.  

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It's what they cockadoodleDOOOO!!

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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It's what they cockadoodleDOOOO!!

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Yep, and they will do it any time of day!

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Thanks. I agree. :)

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