Hello - new to the site as well!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Jockey, Mar 23, 2017.

  1. Jockey

    Jockey New Egg

    Mar 21, 2017
    Darwin, Australia
    Hi All

    I have just joined as a new chicken owner. I have three chooks. I inherited my first from my grandson. I was assured it was a hen. I purchased another young hen to keep it company. It turns out my grandson's chook is a rooster.

    This rooster is a lovely bird. Very easy to handle. He is only about 4 months.

    A week ago he found his voice. My dilemma is that I live in the suburbs and need to quieten him down. I have looked at a No Crow Rooster Collar. Has anyone tried it or have any other ideas?

  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2017
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi Jockey and welcome to BYC. From what i have read, there are conflicting views on the use of no-crow collars. For some, they work but it takes some fine-tuning to get the correct tension on the collar: too tight and it's bye-bye birdie. Here's a link to a search i just did - https://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=no+crow+collars

    There's an Aussie thread that you may be interested in joining - https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/598568/australia-six-states-and-that-funny-little-island

    All the best
  4. Jockey

    Jockey New Egg

    Mar 21, 2017
    Darwin, Australia
    Thank you for that info.

    I will definitely check this out.

    Nice talking to you.
  5. Jockey

    Jockey New Egg

    Mar 21, 2017
    Darwin, Australia
    Thanks Eggbert!
  6. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings, Jockey, and [​IMG]! It's great to have you in our flock! [​IMG]
  7. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  9. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Howdy neighbour [​IMG] Welcome!

    We are not allowed to have roosters where I am and so that I do not risk the unwanted attention of having the authorities on my doorstep, I have not attempted to keep one so I have no personal experience with the no-crow collar but I have a friend who has.

    Her first BCM rooster she tried it on was not happy with it initially but got used to it. She was not that happy with the ones she bought and ended up making her own.

    I have heard of a few roosters choking to death while wearing the collar. Even with the correct setting, sometimes there is the risk of them eating something a bit bigger than normal and it not being able to move past the collar.

    My friend nearly lost her boy when she was tweaking the collar and it was a little too tight; so if you are going to try one, obviously watch very closely. It took her probably two weeks of early morning tweakings to find the right setting.

    However, this rooster still had to go into his man cave at night because even with the collar on the best setting she could find, he managed to make enough noise that the neighbours could hear him.

    So, he used to sleep in a crate, with his collar on and in a dark corner under the house (she has an under house coop).

    Anyways, because she felt this to be cruel, he is now living on a farm and can crow to his heart’s delight.

    His son, who she kept, now has a no crow collar but with him it is enough to keep his crows at a less audible level and he does not have to sleep in a man cave and sleeps with his hens on the roost.

    With what I have read about the collars (extensive), it works for some and not for others.

    Good luck!

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    As Ken suggested, please do pop into the Aussie thread and say hello, you will be welcome.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
  10. Jockey

    Jockey New Egg

    Mar 21, 2017
    Darwin, Australia
    Thank you for that information.

    The neighbour behind us popped her head over the fence yesterday to see where the noise was coming from. I apologised for the crowing to which she said no need as she and her husband love hearing the rooster crow as it reminds them of when they had chooks years ago. That relieved my mind immensely!

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