we ordered day old chicks that were born on March 5th. they are now about 12 weeks old and one of the birds is a roo. it just so happens that the roo is my wife's favorite bird. One of the things I've begun to make a connection about is that he is a big ham and being he is the wife's favorite, he crows more frequently when she is around. For example, we began leaving them in the coop until 9ish to keep from upsetting the neighbors which has worked until this morning. This morning my wife had to leave extra early and he began crowing as soon as she walked out to the driveway and continued to crow for a good hour after she left before he finally quited. She came back home around 8:30 and as soon as she got out of her car he was crowing again. Because we live in a neighborhood and he is crowing even more lately, and i havent been able to find anything on the net that is very promising, I decided to make some calls to find out what we could do to keep him without upsetting the neighbors. I had a very long "off the record" conversation with a Avian Vet today. It was very interesting. She points out that the cavity where the vocalization comes from is very "deep" and would be near impossible to perform effectively and would very likely end up killing the bird. she also did not recommend using a harness or other type of neck wrap/restraint. her reasoning for not using a harness/neck wrap is that it would not work for long, could get caught on something, and would probably cause the bird discomfort if drawn tight enough to be effective. She said that we could do as others have suggested on here and bring him indoors (garage or house) or put him in a sound proof coop. She did go on to tell me about her friend (a non-Avian Vet) who ordered day old chickens and also lives in a neighborhood. this vet ended up with 2 roos and like many of us, her family has become attached to them. The Avian vet agreed to try to help her friend and they first neutered (caponized) the roos at 14-16 weeks of age (she also mentioned that this is very difficult to do correctly and if she were to charge the "going rate" for her time and supplies, it would be very expensive). Unfortunately, after the birds were neutered, it had very little effect on the crowing and the roos even continued to mount the hens. After this failure, they decided to try a contraceptive implant made for dogs (male and female) that is designed to last 6 months. though there is no research or using this on chickens, she has apparently successfully used it on a couple of hens that had serious reproductive problems (eggs getting stuck-she used a more technical term i cant remember , etc) but the owners wanted to keep them as pets. in the case of these few hens, she had to insert a new implant every 4-6 months or the hen would start laying again. She tells me that when they did the implants for these 2 roos their crowing was drastically reduced (almost non-existent) and the roos rarely mount the hens anymore. She also mentioned that its been over a year, the roos are still quiet and there has been no need to redo the implants (perhaps they became conditioned or the hormone levels were permanently lowered?) She says that if we want to try the implant, she will do it for $130. Has anyone ever heard of using the contraceptive before? Is it worth a try? Thanks!