Housing roosters is necessary if you breed chickens, as roosters play a vital role in fertilising the eggs. Yet sometimes, your rooster's incessant crowing may be a source of annoyance and concern. While it is customary for your rooster to crow at the crack of dawn or to warn hens of impending danger, there are times when your rooster may crow for no obvious reason. You cannot stop your rooster from crowing, but you can introduce several humane measures to control its crowing.
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Things you need
- Heavy blanket
- Cardboard sheets
- Corn cob
Cover your rooster's cage with heavy material at night to prevent the entry of light. Place a heavy blanket or cardboard sheets over your rooster's cage to darken it. This will block the entry of light and discourage your rooster from crowing in the early hours of the morning. Remove the heavy material from your rooster's cage at a time that you are comfortable with it crowing.
Provide your rooster with less headspace in its cage at night. You can reduce the height of the cage by lowering the roof or by raising your rooster's perch. Ensure that your rooster can comfortably stand in the cage, but not stretch its body. Roosters cannot crow in a low-roofed cage, as they need to stretch their entire body, especially the neck, while crowing.
Keep your rooster occupied so it has less time to get bored and crow. Provide it with treats that take time and effort to find and eat. Offer roosters corn on the cob, or hide food scraps such as lettuce under the straw or in baskets above the perch.
Decrease the number of roosters in your coop. Keeping more than one rooster, encourages competition among them, which results in an increase in crowing.
Tips and warnings
- Check your rooster's coop for any cracks. Seal cracks and gaps around the coop to block out light and keep it dark.
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