Frustrated with my rooster

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by The ruler of the roost, Sep 5, 2009.

  1. The ruler of the roost

    The ruler of the roost Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 10, 2009
    Carson City, NV
    Any suggestions on how to "train" my rooster from crowing starting at 3am???? I've installed a light to stay on until 12am hoping it would keep him awake longer, and want to sleep in...
    but it's not working! He crows continuously every 30 seconds or so, then will stop for a while then begins again. I don't want to get rid of him, but I need my sleep! [​IMG]
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Is there something setting him off?

    Neighbor dogs, a cat, a nightly visiting coon, a light? Other than removing what might be setting him off, or perhaps he is just a 3am crower... not much you can really do other than keep him in a darker spot or in a kennel overnight. He might get better with age too though.
  3. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2008
    Ours crows whenever headlights from the road come by in the morning. Our neighbors start in for morning shifts around 4:30 am..[​IMG]
  4. Uppity Peon

    Uppity Peon Chillin' With My Peeps

    I stayed in Alamos, Mexico once. The roosters there crow all night long! [​IMG]
  5. FrenchHen

    FrenchHen Chicken Ambassador

    Jan 26, 2009
    Bagshot Row
    Ours crows between 2 and 4 AM every night.

    So, every evening at dusk, Husband treks out to the coop, plucks him from the roost, and shoves him in a dog crate.

    Then he goes into the motor home in the barn until we feel like going out there and rescuing him.

    It's worth it to us to have happy neighbors/tenants.
  6. frogs n chickens

    frogs n chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2009
    valley springs, calif.
    my roo seems to stay quiet late at night, but usually starts up again around 4:30 AM. For this reason I place the coop far away from the house.[​IMG]
  7. adoptedbyachicken

    adoptedbyachicken Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Remove what is disturbing him, or insulate him from the disturbance. That's all you can do. Insulating him will also help if it's just him and his cycle, you will hear less of it. If it is habit you might break the habit by keeping him quiet for a few months, then you can try him back in the coop and see how it goes.
  8. firedove

    firedove Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2008
    Fitzwilliam NH
    myself and my neighbors noticed that after a couple of weeks we don't even hear my roos in the morning and they start up between 3 and 4 am. Believe it or not, you will adjust. It's just like sleeping through the music or in front of the TV. Eventually your ears just tone it out as background noise. Even when I'm awake in the house I only occasionally notice when a roo is crowing.
  9. Uppity Peon

    Uppity Peon Chillin' With My Peeps

    True. Just the way people adjust to living in the city with sirens or trains and traffic noise all night, people get used to roosters.
  10. RL

    RL Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2009
    Oak Point, TX
    I guess I'm kind of lucky with my SLW Cockerel. You don't hear a peep out of him all night. He will crow in the morning anywhere between 0545 and 0610 until I go out and let them out of the coop and is normally quite the whole day, just crowing every now and then. The Rooster a few houses down crows all day long and my SLW could care less about it. There are some days he is just in a crowing mood and will crow a lot during the day, but those times are far and few between.

    All of my neighbors just love him. They will crow along with him sometimes. I hope his crowing stays like this.

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