Have you ever wondered why Roosters Crow… and, maybe, more importantly, how to make them stop? Well, here, I will include a few theories, tips and tricks on how to keep your feathered friends from keeping you up at weird hours of the night…
Although the reasons that roosters crow is not entirely known and seems almost sporadic, you can see often see patterns by observing their general behavior and habits…
Roosters crow for many reasons. They often crow in the morning hours the most (similar to how many songbirds sing in the morning). However, crowing is not just to announce the dawn. Crowing not only lets hens know that a rooster is near but it can warn other roosters of the presence of a potential rival. Roosters often crow when their flock is threatened (possibly to scare off or intimidate predators). However, each rooster is unique with its specific crowing routines.
Some over-enthusiastic crowing is normal and to be expected in cockerels and (young roosters) who are still getting their schedule sorted out. However, I have significantly noted a prominent pattern linking roosters under stress to excessive crowing.
Roosters crow more when they are frightened or when the flock is not all their hens are accounted for… My Wellsummer Roo Crowed non stop when he and the hens got trapped under the deck during a snow storm. When I went outside, carried each chicken to the safety of the coop, he quieted immediately.
How to Help Minimize Excessive Crowing in Roosters:
Keep the Coop away from Night-time Activity
This is particularly true if you live near a road used at night. This is because commotion, noise and lights often trigger ‘crowing attacks’.
Coop Security 🚓
Roosters often crow when something is trying to break into the coop, as I’ve personally experienced. If you have frequent problems with animals snooping around the coop, you may need to take measures to deter the local animals.
Do not keep multiple roosters near each other
Roosters tend to crow more when they are insecure in their authoritative position. For this reason, keeping more than one rooster can sometimes cause competitive behavior (which can result in repetitive crowing).
🐓 Space 🐓
Overcrowding causes stress which often leads to repeated crowing and over-mounting (in roosters).
Familiarize Yourself with your Rooster 👫
Chickens can recognize different people and some Roosters may crow when someone/something they do not recognize is nearby. For this reason, many roosters will crow if you wear different cloths than normal. Henry, my rooster often crows when I wear certain types of cloths (particularly, big jackets, tall boots and/or hats that he is not familiar with).
Rooster No-Crow Collars
To be honest, I have not tried using a rooster no crow collar (No need where I live. Plus, enjoy the crowing). However, I have heard many convincing reports that collars effectively reduce the volume of crowing without discomforting the wearer. 🔕 However, as with all things, it may not be as good as it seems… Though many had positive reviews, some purchasers reported that their chickens hated the collar and would constantly try to get it off. Others said that their free range chickens got it caught on things to easily. Furthermore, one lady on backyardchickens.com (a poultry forum) said that the collars raised the hackles on her roosters’ necks… making it appear to each rooster that the other was raising its hackles (which is a sign of aggression in chickens). This, in turn, caused all the roos to beat one another up.
How Rooster No-Crow Collars work:
When a rooster crows, he releases all the air from his lungs at the same time (resulting in a volumous burst of cock-a-doodle-doo!). Rooster no-crow collars are known to significantly reduce the speed at which air leaves the lungs. This, consequentialy, significantly reduces the volume of the crow.