How to stop a rooster from crowing?

Is a ‘no crow’ collar safe to use on a rooster?

  • No

    Votes: 2 28.6%
  • Yes

    Votes: 4 57.1%
  • Depends on the brand!

    Votes: 1 14.3%

  • Total voters
    7
  • Poll closed .

TheBirdLady2001

Songster
Oct 11, 2016
199
118
107
Windsor, Ontario, CA
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Help! I have a 7 or 8 month old rooster, named Angus. He is a sweet heart. He was the first chick I hatched in my incubator. We were hoping he was a hen, becuase we aren’t supposed to have roosters, becuase we have neighbors on either sides of us. We were hoping he wouldn’t crow, becuase we don’t have any other roosters. Then we got some chicks, which are about 2 months old now. We don’t know the gender of them, so I’m guessing we have some males, but we are planning to sell them when we know.
Okay, now to the point! He’s my baby, the sweetest out of all my flock. But we have people in my house and our neighbors who work midnight shifts, and sleep during the day. But he has started crowing! My family has said as soon as he starts crowing, he’s out. So I need help! Is there anyway to get him to stop crowing? I have looked at a few ‘collars’ but I’m still worried that he will get hurt. I don’t want it to suffocate him or restrict his eating and drinking. :( Will he stop crowing after I sell the male chicks? Or will he continue to crow? Please help!
 

TheBirdLady2001

Songster
Oct 11, 2016
199
118
107
Windsor, Ontario, CA
https://www.mypetchicken.com/catalog/products/ProductDetails.aspx?pid=1580&utm_source=MPC&utm_medium=Slideshow&utm_campaign=HPSlideshow&utm_content=NoCrowCollar1

I haven't actually tried it myself but I have looked at reviews.. more positive than negative but I'd definitely look into it and do more research on the brand before buying!
Thank you so much! I’m currently looking into it. Although I did try another website, with the same collar because I am in Canada, and the ‘my pet chicken’ website is in the US. Crossing my fingers all goes well!
 

Then I Will

Songster
8 Years
Jan 13, 2012
327
515
207
Annville, Pennsylvania
Hi Bird lady,
You can find some helpful videos on crow collars on youtube.
I am interested in using crow collars in my flock soon.
They seem fairly safe to me if they are checked daily (time spent with the flock.) and readjusted when needed.
As one gentleman put it, his rooster loves the crow collar because it keeps him from becoming soup.
Additionally, a crow collar is not intended to be tight. There should be one to two fingers of space- you should be able to insert one or two of your fingers between it and your roosters neck. The rooster's throat will expand when he crows. The collar simply keeps his throat from expanding to its full capacity, thereby hindering the volume of the crow.

I may be sewing my own very soon, as when I let my chickens out of their coop today at 8:30am, Chipmunk let out one of his squeaky little short crows, and the neighbor across the busy road that is frequented by semi-trucks, dump trucks, quarry trucks, and loud motorcycles shouted: "Aww, shut the f*** up!"
Kind of ruined my morning as I was having some peaceful time enjoying my chickens. But he might have just been having a bad day, who knows. Besides, there are plenty of trees on my side of the busy road for sound breaking.
 

TheBirdLady2001

Songster
Oct 11, 2016
199
118
107
Windsor, Ontario, CA
Hi Bird lady,
You can find some helpful videos on crow collars on youtube.
I am interested in using crow collars in my flock soon.
They seem fairly safe to me if they are checked daily (time spent with the flock.) and readjusted when needed.
As one gentleman put it, his rooster loves the crow collar because it keeps him from becoming soup.
Additionally, a crow collar is not intended to be tight. There should be one to two fingers of space- you should be able to insert one or two of your fingers between it and your roosters neck. The rooster's throat will expand when he crows. The collar simply keeps his throat from expanding to its full capacity, thereby hindering the volume of the crow.

I may be sewing my own very soon, as when I let my chickens out of their coop today at 8:30am, Chipmunk let out one of his squeaky little short crows, and the neighbor across the busy road that is frequented by semi-trucks, dump trucks, quarry trucks, and loud motorcycles shouted: "Aww, shut the f*** up!"
Kind of ruined my morning as I was having some peaceful time enjoying my chickens. But he might have just been having a bad day, who knows. Besides, there are plenty of trees on my side of the busy road for sound breaking.
Thank you! Lol, and yes, putting a collar on my roo is definitely better than letting him become soup. And I have been doing some research on it, and might try making one myself too! Let me know how it goes. Thanks! :)
 

Youtjatoor

Chirping
Mar 7, 2017
80
25
51
Fuquay-Varina NC
You can't stop a rooster from crowing. Doesn't matter if there's other males or not. It's a rooster. They crow. That's what they do. You can use a collar but it's more of a hassle than not. Also keep in mind he's sweet now. But once he matures 9 out of 10 will not be sweet and will take on full rooster duties soooooo if you aren't supposed to have it then best to follow your town ordinances. And remember he WILL crow. May more maybe less be he will crow. It's no different than if you would ask a dog not to bark or a cat to meow. It's what they do. Best of luck
 

TheBirdLady2001

Songster
Oct 11, 2016
199
118
107
Windsor, Ontario, CA
You can't stop a rooster from crowing. Doesn't matter if there's other males or not. It's a rooster. They crow. That's what they do. You can use a collar but it's more of a hassle than not. Also keep in mind he's sweet now. But once he matures 9 out of 10 will not be sweet and will take on full rooster duties soooooo if you aren't supposed to have it then best to follow your town ordinances. And remember he WILL crow. May more maybe less be he will crow. It's no different than if you would ask a dog not to bark or a cat to meow. It's what they do. Best of luck
Yes, I know roosters crow. I am just wondering if it is becuase there are other males around. But I should have been more specific: own town rule is that if your neighbors are bothered by your birds and file a complaint, it is a problem. That is why I am looking for a solution to keep them quieter during the day. And I know most roosters can be very protective, and some may become aggressive. But this rooster is unusually kind. He leads around my baby chicks, and lets them sleep with him. And I would not think twice about letting a two year old pick him up. Thank you for your opinion. Have a wonderful day! :)
 

Youtjatoor

Chirping
Mar 7, 2017
80
25
51
Fuquay-Varina NC
Yes, I know roosters crow. I am just wondering if it is becuase there are other males around. But I should have been more specific: own town rule is that if your neighbors are bothered by your birds and file a complaint, it is a problem. That is why I am looking for a solution to keep them quieter during the day. And I know most roosters can be very protective, and some may become aggressive. But this rooster is unusually kind. He leads around my baby chicks, and lets them sleep with him. And I would not think twice about letting a two year old pick him up. Thank you for your opinion. Have a wonderful day! :)
Oh ok. well that does clear up some then. :)
Im in NC and we have rules like that here too, sorta.
Im outside the town limits so it doesnt really matter, but i did speak with neighbors first before i acquired our rosster and they were very cool with it. so i guess just check with yours too. the collars are just a hassle cuz you always have to keep an eye on them for safety and proper functionality. but if thats your best bet to keep the peace then go for it. Now He will be nice for now yes, but as those chicks turn into full grown hens, he will take his role as alpha very seriously. PLEASE be careful. Im not an advocate for slaughtering roosters, they get an undeserved bad rap for doing what nature designs them to do. you may get lucky, there are very gentle roosters out there yes, but they are rare. most will "respect" you within their boundries, and some are outright demons. LOL, but please keep a sharp eye on him. as much as we may love and trust them, they have 1 job in life and will do it even if it kills them. keep us updated and good luck :)
 

grnidone

Songster
Jul 9, 2016
165
106
127
Russell, Kansas
The No-crow collar works VERY well. BUT, the instructions are not clear. What I recommend is instead of using a "finger" as a spacer between the chicken and the collar (which can vary depending on the size of hand), use 2 number 2 pencils when putting it on to prevent from putting it on too tightly.

Using pencils will also prevent you from getting it too tight on the bottom of the collar (near the roo's feet) and loose at the top. (Pencils are the same circumference from top to bottom, the human finger isn't.

Start with that and see if it lowers the crow volume.

If not, tighten to one pencil as a spacer and see if that works better.

Be with your rooster for a good 30 minutes to an hour to determine if you've gotten it on correctly. At first, he will pout and will lay on the ground in the corner, but he should NEVER be panting for air.

Good luck.
 

Peacock mama

Hatching
Aug 22, 2017
6
4
4
View attachment 1118070 Help! I have a 7 or 8 month old rooster, named Angus. He is a sweet heart. He was the first chick I hatched in my incubator. We were hoping he was a hen, becuase we aren’t supposed to have roosters, becuase we have neighbors on either sides of us. We were hoping he wouldn’t crow, becuase we don’t have any other roosters. Then we got some chicks, which are about 2 months old now. We don’t know the gender of them, so I’m guessing we have some males, but we are planning to sell them when we know.
Okay, now to the point! He’s my baby, the sweetest out of all my flock. But we have people in my house and our neighbors who work midnight shifts, and sleep during the day. But he has started crowing! My family has said as soon as he starts crowing, he’s out. So I need help! Is there anyway to get him to stop crowing? I have looked at a few ‘collars’ but I’m still worried that he will get hurt. I don’t want it to suffocate him or restrict his eating and drinking. :( Will he stop crowing after I sell the male chicks? Or will he continue to crow? Please help!
 

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