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Rooster Collar - No more Rooster Crowing?

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Published on May 16, 2014

Using a rooster collar reduces the volume of a crowing rooster. It is a constrictive band around the lower neck of the rooster. One option is to use a 2" wide velcro strip. Read on for the FAQ on how to put on the collar, etc.

You can get industrial strength velcro here: https://amzn.to/2YGTvEG

FAQ:

Q: Where exactly do you place the collar on the rooster's neck?
A: Put is as low and close to the chest of the rooster as possible. No need to remove feathers, but you can lift up the feathers and put the velcro somewhat underneath, letting the feathers spill over the band.

Q: How tight does the collar need to be?
A: Ultimately it needs to be tight. It is my experience that you really can't choke the rooster with it. Since the velcro is 2", it is wide enough to create structural strength within itself where the throat does not collapse. My recommendation is to start off loose, get your rooster comfortable with it and check on his crows. Start tightening up a bit and let him run around for awhile, again check on his crows. Keep tightening until you are happy with the noise level. Take your time and be gentle to the rooster. With 3 adjustments I was able to get the level to where I wanted it and I haven't messed with it since then.

Q: Can you film a video showing how to put on the collar?
A: I will as soon as the occasion arises. I currently do not have another rooster that is in need of a collar. But currently one of my hens is raising her own chick and if it turns out to be a rooster, I shall put a collar on him (and film it).

Q: Is the velcro 4" or 2" wide?
A: It is 2" wide. I made a mistake in the video.

Q: Is it normal for the rooster to act funny when I first put on the collar: Not moving, walking backwards, jumping up and down, etc.
A: Yes. Watch him for the next 45 minutes or so to make sure he is OK, but he is going through an adjustment period as he is trying to get away from this foreign object on his neck. After awhile he will return to acting normal. Watch for signs of lethargy though. If he's chocking you need to loosen the collar. My experience has been that the 2" wide velcro makes it impossible to choke him (read above).

Q: Can I choke or strangle my rooster to death with this?
A: My experience has been that the 2" wide velcro makes it impossible to choke him (read above as to reasons why). However I have read reviews on the "No-Crow Collar" (a product specifically designed for this purpose and different from this velcro method I'm using) on Amazon where a few people did say that they lost a rooster from over-tightening. So I want to definitely put a disclaimer out there to use any collar including this velcro method at your own risk and be sure to watch your rooster for any signs of fatigue. The rooster will still crow, but the volume is reduced. It should not affect his breathing at all.

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