We have a silkie roo named LaFonda. We live in the city and we love our little roo. We also live in the "country" part of the city where the lots are large and the roads are gravel. So, we talked to the neighbors and everyone thinks he's grand. But we still want to keep him quiet until 9am/ 9:30 on the weekends. This is a tough proposition since, you know, work etc. We tried putting him in the garage and letting him out. He didn't like the separation from his girls and would crow all day. We put him in a cat crate in the coop and let him out in the morning. But some days, 9 just doesn't work with the schedule. Also, you could really hear him crow from the cat crate. So, we made this timer box out of a rubbermaid bin and to my surprise, IT WORKS GREAT! We put the bin in the coop with the girls and we pluck him off the roost at human bedtime and put him inside and set the timer. La Fonda sometimes crows inside the bin but he can barely be heard. Mostly he sleeps until the door pops open. It is pretty dark in the box. We modified this cat food feeder timer and attached it to the box. It is on a 24 hour timer. Very simple, it is battery operated. http://www.amazon.com/ANIMATE-C10-C...1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1284048198&sr=1-1 I cant imagine using it as a feeder but it works well for our purposes and it's not too expensive. All I have to say is thank goodness for Gorilla Tape and good 'ol American ingenuity. Thanks for looking!