1 rooster, 15 hens - why so much crowing?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by grolarbear, Oct 15, 2018.

  1. grolarbear

    grolarbear In the Brooder

    Jul 28, 2018
    I have one Ayam Cemani rooster and 15 assorted hens on 1/3 acre. We live in the 'burbs and no one else around has chickens. I was hoping having a large harem and no competition would reduce his inclination to crow.

    My neighbors haven't said anything but the coop is near my bedroom window and I am not one of those people who enjoy the rooster crowing from 7:30am to whenever. I'm experimenting with putting him in my isolation coop at night because it stays dark in there and the sound is muffled. He's also learning to wear a no-crow collar.

    Is there anything else I can do?
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  2. chickengeorgeII

    chickengeorgeII In the Brooder

    Oct 15, 2018
    If I had a harem of 15 lovely ladies I would do a lot of crowing myself. Crowing has a dual purpose in my book, one is to ward off other roosters and another is so that the hens can keep up with the flocks location.
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  3. BGcoop

    BGcoop Songster

    Aug 5, 2018
    Eat him? Haha, totally just kidding!!! My Ayam cemani roosters love to make noise too, especially when they want something from me like treats or to be let out... I also try to keep them inside the coop to muffle the noise for the neighbors until at least after 7 in the morning. And I might have bribed the closest neighbors with free eggs. I think people are usually nicer about noise issues if you express that you understand the concern and are attempting to do something about it. We have one neighbor that lets their dog bark all. Night. Long! And never says a word to the dog, I get that dogs bark, but it would be nice to hear that they realize their dog is being a pain.
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Other than getting another rooster you will just probably have to live with it. Some breeds (I have no experience with Ayam Cemani) and some individual roosters just crow more than others.
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  5. grolarbear

    grolarbear In the Brooder

    Jul 28, 2018
    I could, but he’s 2nd gen GFF stock. I’d like to use him for breeding with three of my AC girls. I guess I’ll just learn to live with it :/
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  6. RWise

    RWise Songster

    Dec 25, 2012
    Oakhurst Oklahoma
    I too would be singing loud and proud,,,
    Since you want chicks, can the coop be relocated?
    Mine is right outside my bedroom window, so I can hear them at night, but the crowing does not bother me, in fact I am already up when they start.
  7. Hensndoes

    Hensndoes Songster

    Jun 18, 2017
    Wait- your roo waits till 7:30 to crow?! Lucky. Both mine start just before 5.
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  8. They Call Me Pete

    They Call Me Pete Songster

    Mar 23, 2009
    :lol: I was thinking the same thing. Mine starts about the same time but my wife says she has heard him at 2am when she goes to work
  9. grolarbear

    grolarbear In the Brooder

    Jul 28, 2018
    If I could get a bunch of very strong men to move it, sure :p Its currently located per the county's laws on how close it can be to my neighbor's houses.
  10. grolarbear

    grolarbear In the Brooder

    Jul 28, 2018
    I guess I have a considerate rooster (all things considered)

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