Rooster crowing and Water freezing

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 16Chickens Keeper, Dec 13, 2018.

  1. 16Chickens Keeper

    16Chickens Keeper Chirping

    Dec 6, 2018
    Ok so my rir rooster has been crowing very much throughout the day and were not supposed to have any roosters but we still want to keep him and I've been looking at No crow collars but are they safe?

    Also, my chicken waterer has been freezing and I don't want to buy a heate one unless I have to, so what are some things I could do?
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    No crow collars seem to work for some, but there have been instances where roosters wearing them have died. Water multiple times daily.
  3. LlamaGirl4

    LlamaGirl4 Crowing

    Nov 2, 2018
    NW Ohio
    I used a no crow collar on one of of My roos a few months Back. It sorta helped. He still crowed but not as much. I think it was difficult for him to eat though.
    What is the average temp where you live?
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Harsh, but gotta say it.
    Are you willing to lose your whole flock and maybe pay a fine....
    ...and have others nearby lose their ability to keep females as the rules state??
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  5. 16Chickens Keeper

    16Chickens Keeper Chirping

    Dec 6, 2018
    Yeah I know and I don't want to risk my hens I think I'll try a collar and if it works for us then great if not hell be culled in the spring

    I live in Iowa so may vary
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  6. UncleDougsChickens

    UncleDougsChickens Chirping

    Nov 18, 2017
    Make a post on craigslist, someone will take him in.
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  7. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

    Jul 3, 2016
    Pac NW
    My Coop
    If you're able and willing to bring out fresh water several times a day, then you can bypass heating. Or some people have had luck burying the water bucket in compost or manure to keep it defrosted, though I don't know the details.

    Personally I prefer a heated waterer for ease of use. Just got a new one and it arrived 2 days before a week of hard frost. The dogs water froze solid, but the chickens waterer stayed liquid and accessible the whole time.
  8. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    I don't believe I've ever seen a satisfactory solution for a crowing rooster short of rehoming or eating him. The safest thing, as @aart pointed out, is to get rid of him. Even crow collars still permit some level of crowing.

    The problem of freezing waterers is one I grappled with for years. I hauled water back on forth as the water would freeze, replacing it several times a day on freezing days.

    The simplest way to keep water from remaining frozen without electricity is to use black rubber water dishes and place them in direct sunlight. They quickly unfreeze as the sun warms the dark container.

    Then I heard about light bulb/cookie tin warmers, and I made some of those. They worked okay during the day, but not at night when the temp was driven well below freezing. And electricity for those bulbs was getting expensive.

    Because I'm getting old and losing my muscle strength, I wanted something to free me from having to haul heavy loads of water back and forth every day, even in summer. A few years ago I switched to Igloo five gallon water coolers and installed Bright Tap nipple systems on them, easily screwing into the spigot hole. I only need to fill them once a week or even just every two weeks in winter using a garden hose.

    The only problem I still needed to solve was how to keep the nipples from freezing. I solved that by buying a couple 9" x 9" heating pads for $9 each at Walmart. I tied them to the Igloo, draping them over the Bright Tap. It keeps the water from freezing in the nipples, and wrapping the tanks in water heater blankets keeps the water itself from freezing down to very low temps.
  9. Trux

    Trux Songster

    Mar 26, 2018
    The No Crow collar works, AS LONG AS YOU FOLLOW the INSTRUCTIONS! My Sam has one and it cut his volume down by 50% he eats and drinks fine. So follow the instructions to the letter and it will work fine.
  10. 16Chickens Keeper

    16Chickens Keeper Chirping

    Dec 6, 2018
    Thx, for the feedback everyone

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