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Sound of Silence 6am - No More Crowing

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by coldday, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. coldday

    coldday New Egg

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    I will try to keep this short - and no our roo is not on a freezer vacation.

    This is my first year raising chickens. We live in the mountains outside of Denver on 4 acres. We have neighbors within walking distance but far enough away that I added a roo to the flock of 8 hens. We got him at six months without a crow - of course about 2 weeks ago he started crowing. Not as bad as I have read in the forums - but a couple crows at 5:00 am then non stop for an hour at 6:00 am. Throughout the day would crow every hour or so. So typical rooster.

    His crows are very loud - enough that it grates on me when I work from home. I am sure the neighbors also hear him when he is outside the barn. So a couple days ago - I showed him the 'Red Ryder' and a few shots on the side of the barn usually broke him outside of his crowing hysteria. But it didn't stop him.

    So yesterday I tried something different. I had a loose fitting rubber band that I put over his lower neck feathers. It did the trick of distracting him enough that he didn't crow for over an hour... then I decided to check on him. Unfortunately he got the rubber band lodged in his beak to the back of his head. With the rubber band removed I knew I was close to solving the crowing - or at least slowing it down.

    What came next did the trick. My wife suggested a children's sock. I found a sock with good elasticity that would normally fit a five year old. I cut off the foot piece leaving just the elastic tube. It was snug but not tight over my hand - I have XL hands. I am not sure if the placement of the sock on the roo is important but it worked. I slid the sock tube over his head and down to where the long neck feathers meet the body. I then took all his neck feathers and draped them over the sock - the only visible part of the sock was just above his breast.

    He messed with the sock for about 30 minutes and then gave up... but the hens didn't like it and tried to remove it for an hour or so. Then the rest of the afternoon it was ignored. Needless to say the rooster didn't crow the whole time. He made all of is other normal sounds and the interest in the hens didn't drop off. He ate and drank normally. It wasn't until dinner that I decided to check on him again... this time he decided to show me that he could still crow. He let out two or three - but they were so muffled and strange he gave up.

    The big test was this morning - no crowing at all. So much silence my wife thought a fox or raccoon could have gotten into the hen house over night. At 6:30 am I found them all doing well on their roosts.

    The only side effect - and I will have to monitor this - is that the hens weren't coming off their roosts to go out into the run like the normally do. I think they thought something was wrong since the rooster wasn't making his normal racket. But there you go - I will update this thread as things progress. I will eventually take the sock off and see if the new behavior remains or not. Will also update with pictures.

    At least I don't have to say goodbye to our rooster as previously planned.
     
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Pictures, please. [​IMG]
     
  3. coldday

    coldday New Egg

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    Buster with his neck sock.
     
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  4. Bulldog164

    Bulldog164 Out Of The Brooder

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    Sounds like a good idea, I will try this when my roosters "balls drop" and they crow properly lol
     
  5. mrchicks

    mrchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for posting this! Please let us know how this is working out.
     
  6. Studio2770

    Studio2770 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very interesting! We are in a bad situation, the our neighborhood doesn't allow chickens so I'm setting up our case. We got 5 laying pullets and 3 chicks. 2 are 11 wk cochins and one is an 10 wk EE. One of the cochins turned out to be a cockerel. He has let out 2 or 3 half crows but only when he was provoked. The rest of the time he is silent. I hope we can fight extra hard to keep him because he's getting very handsome and is very sweet. I really would like to try out this trick! Thank you very much! I look forward to how it holds up!
     
  7. CCchickens

    CCchickens Out Of The Brooder

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    What happened with this experiment???
    We have neighbours complaining about our rooster, so I tried this yesterday....
    But this morning he crowed. I don't know if the band is too narrow or too loose or too high or if our rooster is just too persistent...
    I've tried lowering the band a bit, because he pulled it up high yesterday, just under his head...
     
  8. mrchicks

    mrchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From the picture it looks like it is as low as possible. Maybe try a nice snug sock as low as you can get it? I'm hoping this works for you, and I may be needing it as well. We just hatched out new babies, and I want to be able to keep a roo from this batch. I just can't tolerate non stop crowing. Or last roo crowed constantly from sun up to sun down. [​IMG]
     
  9. Sakmeht

    Sakmeht Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just posted a thread about identifying my roosters and I might give this a try, because if it works I will definitely be keeping one. I have an awesome broody hen and would love to have her raise some of her own babies and not have to buy fertile eggs elsewhere. Plus, we live in a subdivision and keeping a rooster is basically impossible unless there's no crowing at all.
     
  10. UrbanMamaHen

    UrbanMamaHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could we have a picture of Buster's neck with the neck feathers held back/up so we could see how snug and how long the covered part is please? We have a beautiful Basque rooster that we would like to keep.
     

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