Crowing emergency

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by graceesmee, Apr 1, 2015.

  1. graceesmee

    graceesmee Out Of The Brooder

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    This is very important. I've got two week old chicks thought to be roosters!! I live in a built up area and my neighbours won't stand for the crowing. I really need help on how I can prevent them from crowing, I want to nip it in the bud while they're babies!!
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    :welcome! It's not really something you can stop, short of surgery or a no crow collar when they are older, and the collar and surgery just make them quieter, they don't totally stop crowing. At one week old it would be really hard to tell they are roosters, unless they are sex linked. There is a chance that they are not roosters.
     
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  3. graceesmee

    graceesmee Out Of The Brooder

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    They're light coloured so the farmer told us they were boys and he had no use for them. Will neutering them help or is that cruel. I know very little about it but I just couldn't let them be killed. They're so lovely!
     
  4. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    You could have them caponized and that might help with crowing, but I'm not sure that you'd be able to find a vet to do it and it might cost an arm and a leg since they are considered exotics, strangely enough. You'd have to find an avian vet and see if they would do it for you. From the light color remark it sounds like they are male red sex links.
     
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  5. ShockValue

    ShockValue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you can't have roosters, why did you take birds that you thought were roosters?
     
  6. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    I think Bluedogsonly does surgery on rooster's vocal cords. Pm him.
     
  7. graceesmee

    graceesmee Out Of The Brooder

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    Well we only took them because they were going to be killed, I work in a school and I had watched them hatch so I wanted to save them. I thought that there would be a solution.
     
  8. ChickenNamaste

    ChickenNamaste Out Of The Brooder

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    Could always have house roosters [​IMG]
     
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  9. hellokittyfive

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    Female red sex links are light yellow as babies. I know this because I have three of them. You really won't know until they are older. I hate to see people suggest surgery to stop a rooster from crowing. If they turn out to be roosters you should re-home them. I am sure you could find plenty of people on BYC that would be happy to have them.
     
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  10. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    Actually females are very light red and males are yellow:

    http://www.cacklehatchery.com/images/afi300.JPG

    Males on left, females are on the right.
     

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