Collaring Roosters to Reduce Crowing!
Collaring roosters can be an effective way to reduce crowing volume by up to 80% and sometimes even reduce the frequency of crows. This can help improve your sleep and keep your neighbors and family happy. Here are some tips on collaring your rooster:
Purchase a velcro collar, such as the Challenger's Velcro Strap, which is affordable and comfortable for the rooster.
Velcro Collars are great, comfortable and cheap alternative VS a branded "nocrow" collar. Roosters often lose their collar by trying to take them out, so a cheap and easily replaceable option is great here.
Cut the collar to fit around the rooster's neck about 1.5 rounds which would let you leave a gap of about the width of your pinky finger.
Position the collar near the rooster's "adam's apple" and gently coil it under the neck feathers. You can spot it when it breathes and crows, the location that protrudes out during then.
Gently coil around your rooster's neck, under the neck feathers (streamers), going one round and then letting the velcro connect with the remaining 0.5 round left.
Observe the rooster's reaction to the collar. It may try to remove the collar by shaking its head or using its beak. A snug fit is important to prevent the beak from getting stuck in the collar. Aim for a small gap of a pinky finger here! That would give a snug fit, not too tight such that it will choke your dearest roo, but not too loose that it allows for crowing.
After 15-30 minutes, most roosters will give up their attempts to remove the collar and return to their normal activities.
- Remember to check that your rooster is still eating and drinking well after collaring. With these tips, you can successfully collar your rooster and reduce its crowing.
Another thing to take note, would be using his own beak to try pluck it off. This can be dangerous if the beak gets stuck in the collar, so a snug fit is IMPORTANT here! A loose collar can lead to the beak being stuck there during the attempts to remove the collar.
Have fun and happy chicken keeping!