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How to decrow a rooster

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by daisyd, Sep 19, 2009.

  1. daisyd

    daisyd New Egg

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    I have a very noisy rooster and I am concerned that it bothers my neighbours. I do not want to sell the rooster. I already lock up my rooster at night and only let him out in late morning but he still goes on crowing a lot during the day and is very noisy. Any recommendations to decrow my rooster? Thanks.
     
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    No. If roosters could be de-crowed easily there would be a lot more of them.
     
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    I think there are some vets who will do surgery to decrow a roo. Of course, it is many, many hundreds of dollars and a risky process, not to mention the fact that you are preventing the roo from doing what he was born to do. Which is manage his flock.

    Please talk to the neighbors to see if he is actually a problem- and if he is, rehome him.

    I have rehomed quite a few roosters on the local Craig's List.
     
  4. WalkingWolf

    WalkingWolf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found that hatchets decrow roosters very well. OK kidding aside keep your rooster in the dark to delay his crowing. Some people have a rooster box for their roos to keep them quit. Even if they crow it is not as loud, you could make one from a tote from wallmart. Just make sure you put plenty of air holes at the bottom and a few at the top on one side. Turn the side with the holes away from light so it remains as dark as possible. Be careful with this in hot weather that you get the roo out before the temp gets to hot.

    I had a roo with a injured foot that we kept inside until his foot healed. We put him in a room with no windows and he never crowed until the lights were turned on.
     
  5. Billy7871

    Billy7871 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Decrow a rooster???? That is why I got my rooster so I can hear the crowing. Different strokes for different folks I guess.

    Did you try asking them if it bothered them? My neighbors came to me and said "I sure am glad you got a rooster because I like hearing him crow". Maybe yours is like mine.... Just ask
     
  6. newdock

    newdock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My neighbors are the same. They love the crowing and have told me so on several occasions. So maybe your neighbors are loving it too...who knows?
     
  7. onecent

    onecent Chillin' With My Peeps

    please ask your neighbors if the roo bothers them, i live in the city, and i have 4 roos, all my neighbors love them! I've had one roo almost 4 yrs.! people actually like to hear them crow!!
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    If you could even find a vet who knew how to do a decrowing surgery, it's not easy and the rooster will most likely die on the table. I think many vets will not admit they know nothing about chickens and will try to fix whatever you ask them to, to the detriment of the bird.
    If you are allowed roosters, then don't worry too much about the neighbors. If you feel inclined, ask them if they like the crowing or not.
     
  9. ellend

    ellend Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Roos are illegal in the city, due to crowing. Hatcheries grind all the roo chicks up, or drop them into bags to smother. If they could be de-crowed, city people could have them, too!
     
  10. KevinT

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    Grind them all up? hmm 5 must have missed that as i received 5 of them. Yes starting to crow but in another 10 weeks or so that won't be happening.
     

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