i want a roo, but no cokckadoodledoo

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by andy, Aug 24, 2007.

  1. andy

    andy Songster

    May 7, 2007
    hi there im not sure if im in the right topic here but never mind,,,any way as a few might know ive got a 7 week old orp buff roo,, and i would like to keep him,,but i cant have him crowing in the early morning,,hes ok in the day when every bodys up,i dont want to caponize him,,has any body got any good ideas to help,,,
  2. LynnGrigg

    LynnGrigg Songster

    Jun 6, 2007
    Winston Salem, NC
    one of my friends brings hers in every evening.
  3. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I had to keep my crowing hen inside or muzzle her when she was outside.
  4. My roo likes to snuggle with his girls inside a wooden packing box in the coop, even though there is a lot of room outside the box!
    I drape a blanket over the box so they cant see out! in summer I put a lightweight sheet instead.
    Have you thought about putting him into a cage at night next to the others which is not high enough for him to arch his neck to crow, it works for most roos!
    good luck
  5. andy

    andy Songster

    May 7, 2007
    rrrrr,,,so if they cant stretch there necks they cant crow,,never knew that,,ive got a dog cage that my chicks are in at the minute, its about 65 cm high,,its pain in the bum to clean out tho
  6. Yonaton

    Yonaton Songster

    Jun 28, 2007
    West TN
    What about simply getting rid of the rooster? It seems unless one can't bring him inside the home (as one poster said they do), it's kind of cruel to keep a rooster from doing what it does. What...it's okay now to cage a rooster to keep it from crowing, but not okay to keep a hen caged, fed, watered, and laying eggs and then slaughter? Can't have it both ways, as I see it.
  7. andy

    andy Songster

    May 7, 2007
    they didnt say they did,,and im not doing it,,so what ya starting an argument for,, and even if we did do that, its not even close to as cruel as caged hens,the rooster would only be in it at roosting time, and free ranging all day with the girls,,singing his little heart out,,
  8. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Songster

    Apr 8, 2007
    it never seemed you had cruel intentions as insinuated. You obviously take good care of your birds from all your post and pictures on this site. ANd its not that easy to get rid of a rooster.

    Anyway, I had also read that keeping the light from coming in will cut down on crowing. My girls (and one boys) bantams are in a mostly light proof coop. Im hoping that will cut down on the early morning crowing. Once we hit a "reasonable" hour, he can make some noise!

    Good luck. I hope you can keep him.
  9. chrissieg

    chrissieg Songster

    Just wait - none of my BO's are crowing yet (18 weeks) - [​IMG]

    Does bromide work for chickens as well? [​IMG]
  10. pipermark

    pipermark Songster

    Jan 26, 2007
    caponizeing equipment is sold by McMurray's. Keep in mind that if that is to work it must be done at a young age 2-4months. preferably closer to 2. There also is no guarantee that it wont crow, though chances are a lot less.

    caponizeing also changes the appearance and the behavior of roosters so , for now, you might be better off finding him a good place to live.

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