Can't have crowing? You're in luck. An enterprising, doting backyarder who wanted both roosters and happy neighbours decided to take matters into her own hands. She designed, tested, tweaked, tweaked some more, and finally patented the world's only collar designed to dramatically reduce both the volume and the frequency of crowing. It has been tested and adjusted for maximum, safety, comfort, and effectiveness.
Hundreds of "testers" have tried out these collars-and the results are quietly astounding! Finally, urban and suburban chicken keepers can have a go at keeping your beloved pet roosters!
IT IS NOT A SHOCK COLLAR. The No-Crow Rooster Collar is made from mesh and Velcro, and fully adjusts to fit the rooster perfectly. They are worn with a pinky finger's width of space between the collar and your rooster's neck. Download the instructions. The collar prevents roosters expelling the contents of their air sacs all at once, preventing them from unleashing a full-powered crow. While wearing the collar, they can still vocalize in all their normal ways-but the volume is limited.
The collar is made to bend and flex with the rooster's neck so he can do everything he always does (eat, drink, dust bath, other vocalizations). It isn't tight enough to bother them, and it allows their necks total freedom and flexibility to expand.
Is it guaranteed to work?
The collar is not guaranteed to fully stop your rooster crowing. Instead, it is designed to significantly reduce the volume and frequency of crowing so that ultimately, they're no louder than a hen. Each rooster is different, and each owner is responsible for using the No-Crow Rooster Collar according to the instructions included.
Does it need adjusting?
Yes, from time to time you may need to adjust or reassess the fit of your collar to keep it functioning properly.
Does it irritate their necks?
The No-Crow Rooster Collar is placed over the feathers, and over the course of the day, some of the feathers come free. The roosters who have been tested never have irritated necks because there are always some feathers under the collar, and the collar is worn "soft side in."
Give your boy some time to adjust to having something on his neck by allowing him to wear it loosely the first day. It's a new sensation! After that, begin the adjustment process. We recommend starting the collar loose, then adjusting it a bit tighter every day until you have found the most effective fit. Do watch very, very closely for signs of distress or difficulty breathing. The collar should ultimately be closely fitted, like a belt.
Below are our sizing recommendations by breed. When in doubt, choose a size larger! (You will need 3.5cm to 5cm of "overlap" on the collar to ensure the velcro attaches properly.)
• XS - Extra small - 10cm for smallest breeds, like Seramas, Old English Game
• S - Small - 15cm for breeds like Pekins, D'Uccles, Showgirls
• M -Medium - 20cm for breeds like Silkies, Polish, Leghorns
• L - Large - 25cm for most larger birds like Plymouth Rocks, Orpingtons, Marans, Rhode Island Reds, Wyandottes, Faverolles, Barnevelders
• XL - Extra large - 30cm for birds like Brahmas
Watch you tube video to see just how it works and here is a helful tip from other owners -
Here's what I like to do the first time I put a collar on one of my boys:
I use a plastic storage bin with the lid OFF. You could use a cardboard box, even. I put shavings in the bottom so my rooster can get a good footing and is comfortable.
Put the collar on him loosely the first time (under the feathers and low on the neck. Smooth the feathers if you can so that it will be more comfortable.)
I believe that they feel that something must have a hold of them and that is why they do the backwards gallop. The trick to helping them get over that quickly is to help them to understand that nothing has them and they are safe.
To do this, put him down in the middle of the box and hold your hands on him for a few moments. When you let him go, he will most likely start running in reverse to a corner. Simply put your hands around his body again and move him back to the middle. I always pet and talk to my boys when I do this. Hold him there gently, then let him back into the corner again. After a couple of times let him rest in the corner for a few moments to get his bearings. He is safe there and it is not a stressful environment (especially with you there with him). You can repeat this as needed.
If he has a favorite treat offer it to him or leave it in the middle of the box for when he is brave enough to leave the corner.
This doesn't usually take very long and has been really quite effective with my boys.
Roosters are so smart and such psychologically complex animals. It is their instinct to be wary and self protective but, they like to know exactly where the boundaries are and what is safe for them. A good transition can be very reassuring to him. It won't take long for the collar to feel very natural. Handling him and giving treats helps a lot.
After he feels comfortable you can begin tightening the collar in small increments, making sure he is comfortable and not in any distress, watching him while you hold him. Make sure you are able to slip the tip of your pinky under the collar.
If he is still crowing at full volume you will need to slightly tighten it, again making very sure he is in no distress as you hold him for a bit.
See how No Crow Rooster Collars Work