Help! Rooster collar

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chickensandalex, Feb 6, 2017.

  1. chickensandalex

    chickensandalex New Egg

    Jun 27, 2015
    I'm new and I need to know what size no crow collar I need !!! Thanks ![​IMG]
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    The jury is still out on whether no crow collars work or if they are more likely to harm the rooster. Some people say they work, others find the bird gets injured trying to scratch the collar off his neck. I view "no crow" collars the same as "new diet pills," IF they truly worked, everyone would be able to keep roosters.
  3. chickensandalex

    chickensandalex New Egg

    Jun 27, 2015
    . True thank you it's just that in my city I cannot own roosters and don't want to rehome him
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC. I've never used a no-crow collar, so I cannot offer any advice, sorry.
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  5. orrpeople

    orrpeople Learning... by making mistakes. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2016
    State of Jefferson
    We get so attached to our cockerels because they are, in truth, a lot more fun than the hens when they are young. Crowing is usually the least of the issues that arise once they begin to mature (he looks young from what I can see on the pic - although I could be wrong which wouldn't be the first time!![​IMG]). Hormones can often (but not always) change the sweet, funny guy into something other than that and it's possible to do more harm than good with a collar. I guess what I am trying to say is to think about the possibilty of rehoming him to his own flock in the country, but if you do try the collar, watch him very carefully for any signs of distress.
  6. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Flock Master

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    Welcome To BYC

    It looks like you have a recently dubbed game rooster. Where did you get him from?
    Do you have any other roosters you are planning on keeping?
    How do you plan on housing your rooster?

    I agree, the jury is still out and whether "no crow" collars are "safe". If you determine that you are going to keep him and use a no crow collar - instruction on fit and size should come with the product. Most sites that sell the collars have downloadable pdf to help you measure for proper fit.
  7. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    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.
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  8. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas and [​IMG]! Happy you joined our community! I have no experience or knowledge of rooster collars so I cannot advise either way so I will defer to those with experience and wish you well and thank you for joining BYC!
  9. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Overrun With Chickens

    Hello, and welcome to BYC!
  10. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    No-crow collars are generally situation-based as to whether or not they work. I've used them on nearly a dozen of my boys in the past and they varied from bird to bird. Some of them got quieter, some stayed the same, one actually got louder. I didn't have any health issues aside from some minor irritation on one of the cockerels skin.

    I can't help you with sizing... sorry. I made mine myself. It was pretty easy - cost about $5, I just got Velcro with one sticky side from a hardware store.

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