how to get a rooster to not crow. (if possible)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by emmakate, May 20, 2019.

  1. emmakate

    emmakate In the Brooder

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    i got two new baby chicks 2 weeks ago. they’re both barred rock. i got them from a breeder who did not check if they were hens. there is a possibility one could be a rooster. the one i’m worried about is named bee. she’s two weeks old. she’s extremely attached to me unlike her sister. i have three 2-month-old hens as well outside. i know it’s a bit early to determine the gender, but she has a big white mark on her head in the shape of a 3 whereas her sister has a small white dot. bee’s comb is a bit bigger than her sisters as well and her sister is a week older. i live in a neighborhood where you can’t have a crowing rooster. is there any way that i could make bee not crow or calm the growing down if she does turn out to be a rooster. (if she does turn out to be a rooster i can give her back to the breeder after she grows up and he’ll take very good care of her. although i would hate hate hate to give her away)
     
  2. Keeperofmunchkins

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    Unfortunately there really isn't any way to stop a rooster crowing. There are things called no-crow collars that claim to muffle a rooster's crow by tightening the throat, ut they can be dangerous, sometimes ineffective, and not all roosters will tolerate them.

    Apart from that the only thing you can do is minimise the noise, for example by keeping the rooster indoors during unsociable hours (early morning and late evening). I have two roosters in the suburbs and I keep them inside in crates overnight to keep the neighbours from complaining.

    Some roosters love to crow a lot, some less often, but all roosters crow every day. I have found that mine crow a lot less frequently when they are busy free ranging as opposed to when cooped up.

    If you post photos of your chicks we will probably be able to determine if you do have a rooster.
     
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  3. Hencraze24

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    yes, pics could help, re-homing may have to be the way to go.
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

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    There is expensive and dangerous surgery or a no crow collar which is minimally effective and uncomfortable.
    Keeping them indoors till later in the day is the best tack. I usually have anywhere from 5 to 20 roosters and I can't hear them crow when I'm in the house. Even when I'm outside, if they are still in their buildings, they aren't loud. My next door neighbor's house is about 75' from the closest coop and she didn't know I had chickens till I told her I did.
    Windows of the coops face away from the neighbors' houses.
     
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  5. emmakate

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    thanks for the advice! i’ll post pictures right now
     
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  7. Virginia and James

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    IMO it would be kinder to both of you to seriously consider rehoming if she is a he. It's hard to do, sadly, as we get really attached!
     
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  8. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

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    That does look like a cockerel comb.
     
  9. Hencraze24

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    100% cockerel
     
  10. Keeperofmunchkins

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    Yes that does look like a cockerel. If you are not allowed to keep cockerels in your area by law or local rules then I would try to rehome him as soon as possible because there is no way to disguise a rooster I'm afraid. However if it is that your neighbours will complain there are ways to lessen the noise and keep everyone happy.
     

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