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My rooster crows ALL NIGHT long! Help?

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I have a leghorn rooster - he's in good condition and lives with lots of hens that he sure does seem to like... but he crows ALL night long. I mean, he crows on and off during the day, which I don't mind at all, but lately, he's been crowing straight on from like 2-3am until day break.

Now bless his little heart if he's just trying to make the sun come up, but we've got a "street light" on our farm property that is on all night long and I don't know if that's making him crazy, thinking he's inside during the day?

Does anyone have any suggestions of what I could do to appease him at night? Could he be uncomfortable with the other birds in there? They're completely locked down at night so no predators can mess with them at all, so I don't think he's calling out a warning...

Also, our rooster (Red) is our favorite bird, so getting rid of him isn't an option. I'll keep the window closed if that's what I have to do to get some sleep, but I was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions on how to maybe make him "happier" so he's not crowing constantly?? Thanks!

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Sounds like that street light is messing with him.  Does the light from the street light shine in his coop?  If so I'd try to find a way to block the light from getting in and that might solve your problem.

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It is very likely the street light.  The neighbor's rooster, who now lives with his "wives" (our hens)... he crows as soon as the lights come on at the small-town gas station down the street.  Which is like around 5 in the AM.  And whenever it's about to rain or storm he will crow.  I haven't owned chickens for very long but one thing I have definitely noticed is that street lights can make a rooster crow.

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Absolutely the street light!  When we were brooding chicks our rooster did the same thing because of the heat lamp.  As soon as I turned it off, he stopped.  Our rooster will also crow in the middle of the night if the water has run dry or there is no food for some reason.  He will also crow in the middle of the night if he hears the dogs barking sometimes.

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hehehehee street lights and Roosters or any bright light-not a good combo for people who want to sleep at night lau

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post #6 of 11

I had a roo that was a night crower. Some people say if you stick them in something very short so they cant stand up tall to crow they are unable to crow, I never did that, don't know if it works or not.
If you dearly love this little cock-a-doodle-dooer, and getting rid of him won't work, you could put a fan in your window blowing out...I had some neighbors dogs that were outside and they would bark alllllllll night long, but when I stuck a fan in the window blowing out, it really helped to drown out the noise some

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Great! Thanks for all the info - it's on all night long (like it comes on before they go into their coop at night), and we're calling the city about turning it off.... problem is, no electricity in the outbuildings yet - so that light is our only light. We're going to try and rig up a wall covering to shield him from the light and see how it goes until they can come out and disconnect it.

We had tried to put the coop into a shaded area, but there's still one side of it that gets the light all night long, and it must come in through the ventilation slats in the roof... 

THANK you everyone for the info, we're going to help de-stress our rooster RIGHT now! smile

Also - danielle, that's a good idea, when it gets to be summer here we've got a window unit AC that'll be on, which will really help drowned out the noise... but a fan in the mean-time might be the ticket! big_smile And my kitties enjoy sleeping in the open windows at night too. Win win!


Edited by SandyCreekFarms - 4/17/11 at 11:11am
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Mine does this at 3 am but only on days my hubby goes to work. (mon-fri) our porch light shines in the window and he will start but he usually calms down till i got to work then he usually gives me his good morning crow hehe

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post #9 of 11

yeah as soon as the lights go on in my house my Silkie roo starts crowing but they have such a funny low crow I just laugh. He usually just does it a couple times to say Good morning smile

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post #10 of 11

I've noticed that any unexpected sound sets my boys off- if I'm in the barn late, if the wind is whipping through, the horse comes down for a midnight snack- all of them lead to cockadoodledoos at all hours!

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