Hi!! Guess what? I did just that . I went online and researched it when the woman taking him, who lives 3 houses down from me, mentioned about hearing something about how to make roosters not crow. She had no idea what it was but said she came across some roos that didnt really crow much at some shows she had done. So before handing him over I went online and read all about it! I watched videos etc.. So i made him a 2" wide velcro collar (which is all fuzzy and felty on the inside) and he was SUCH a good boy for allowing me to put it on. I put it on pretty tight, but I reckon not quite tight enough. He hardly crows. Only about 1-5 times in the morning when my husband lets him out, and with the collar on, he does half a crow lol!! Im in the bedroom facing the coop when he does it (in bed) so Im not sure if the "doodle-doo" part is squelched, or he just is doing the first half of the crow only. He used to doodle doo. His crow is the volume of a hen when she is laying an egg pretty much. So not really loud. Again, he's new at crowing, so I dont know if he is quiet because he's new, or he is just a quiet boy. He never crows except when my husband turns the truck on to go to work at about 7.00am and lets them out in the run. Otherwise he is quiet all day. I work from home so would hear him. I THINK the collar is working but needs to be tighter. He is only just 7 months though, so I am going to have a word with my neighbours and see if its bothering them at this moment since he's no louder than a squawking hen and just does a few shouts at 7am. I am hoping he will fill out and grow into the collar if that makes sense. Its not LOOSE but obviously not tight enough to squelch him quieter...
I have some homemade cookies to give my neighbours when I have the chat lol I tell ya, people's DOGS are louder than my boy! 2 doors down from me they have hound dogs that howl louder than Manfred does!! Also, I told my husband to stop letting them out at 7am since the truck seems to set him off. I get up at 8am and let them out. Since we started this arrangement he has only crowed one time. (been doing this for about 1 week now)
Anyone know if a 7 month old Ameraucana will still fill out in the neck area so the collar will go a but tighter? Im happy to catch him and re-tighten if need be but would rather not stress him out if possible and if my neighbours are ok with waiting a little bit.
Yes I definitely live in the country, but about 5 minute walk down the road to the village border, so just within the limits of the village. Outside the village, I can have them, but in the village I cant unless I have 6 acres. I would have thought 2 acres would be plenty enough
Thanks for the idea though!!!! Glad to hear it works for your guy! Fingers crossed!