Originally Posted by Phoenixxx
I asked my question re: training roos to be silent/silent on command and someone here (byc) posted this link: http://olychickenguy.blogspot.ca/2010/10/005-further-exploration-into-crowing.html
I read it and it is absolutely BRILLIANT! I figured, based on general trainability of chickens, that training a roo to "shoosh!" HAD to be possible and it is! According to the article, though, this is achieved by asserting yourself as the dominant... In light of this, I've opted to just "deal". I need a strong dominant/dominants in my flock due to the fact that we are not predator-free here and almost half my birds refuse to remain cooped; therefore, I need my big boys to be - well, big boys
this blog helped me! I got a rooster 3 days ago, first night in a coop where he could see hens. We awoke at 5.30 crowing and it continued on the hour all day. Second night.darkened the coop, lowered ceiling, and blocked view. Same again.5.30 all day on the hour. Last night i read this, so when he crowed i went out and held him down and pinned his neck, i also put a velcro strap around his neck very loosely (my no crow) put him in the box for bed, 5.30 came around id awoken to stop him asap but no crow, i got to thinking had he died?... 8am one crow, went out and pinned him and his neck, let go and he stayed there until i picked him up. So he has defiantly changed his tune, ill try and post progress if anyones interested. Ps. After i did this he would lay beside me and take food from my hand, my previous rooster i couldnt get near!
Pps. Day 2 one neighbour picked up a package id taken for him, he said, by the way do you have a new chicken... i said yes, he said well this morning it was great i needed to be at work for 6an and it actually helped, however my wifes not too happy, i told him to please bear with me as neither i or my wife were happy either and i would sort it out one way or another asap. He was happily sent on his way.Edited by nadrojsack - 6/4/15 at 12:26am