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Keeping a Rooster From Crowing

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Malibu99, Apr 29, 2012.

  1. Malibu99

    Malibu99 Overrun With Chickens

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    Is it possible to keep a rooster from crowing? We have the sweetest little cockerel, but we can't have a crowing rooster. He is about 5 weeks old, and is a New Hampshire. Any advice is appreciated (even if it's a 'No, you can't") :) Thanks!
     
  2. goodridge_

    goodridge_ Out Of The Brooder

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    The only way i read is to put it in a cage where he cant fully extend his neck so therefore stops him crowing but i guess it would be best to do it at night and let him out in the morning thats the only way ive ever heard of doing it.
     
  3. Malibu99

    Malibu99 Overrun With Chickens

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    I thought roosters crowed more than once a day? But that sounds like an awesome idea! Thanks :)
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    There is no practical way to keep a rooster from crowing. Crowing is their biological "job". If you cannot keep roosters where you live, you need to make some arrangements. Tying to keep a rooster in a cramped cage to prevent neck extension and crowing is silliness, and some might say even cruel.
     
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  5. Malibu99

    Malibu99 Overrun With Chickens

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    Okay, thanks. I dearly love this cockerel, and don't want him to end up as food. I know, I'm too attached :p I will just have to find him another home.
     
  6. TonySorrento

    TonySorrento Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try, "SHHHHHHH" :D
     
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  7. Malibu99

    Malibu99 Overrun With Chickens

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  8. aoxa

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    It depends on the breed. If the breed is something desirable, you may be able to find him a nice home where he can roam with his girls and live out his life. If it is a mixed rooster, it may be harder to find him a home.. I hope you can though.. :)

    No way to stop them from crowing. The cage thing is just plain inhumane.
     
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  9. blooming silkie

    blooming silkie Out Of The Brooder

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    I also have the sweetest silkie cockerel who has become my lap chicken! I am not suppose to have cocks in town, but like you, have become very attached to him. I have a large dog cage set up just for him on my enclosed back porch. I take him in before bedtime and then let him out into the yard the next morning with his ladies! If you have any area where you can do something like this try it! He does crow a little during the day but it is better having him sing at 6 a.m. on my porch then in the coop!
     
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  10. Malibu99

    Malibu99 Overrun With Chickens

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    He is a 1-month-old New Hampshire from Mount Healthy Hatchery. Now that I think about the cage, it would be quite mean to him.
     

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