Wednesday, December 24, 2008
How to make rooster stop crowing in the middle of the night, Mr. Seed needs to know
Dear Dr. Jim
Our neighbors are complaining about our roosters. It seems they don't like the crowing these pets are doing. At least they don't like them to crow in the middle of the night.
Mrs. Seed and I can just sleep right through it and never hear them until they do their 6:30 crows. That is our waking up time. These birds are within a couple of minutes of 6:30 every morning so that is good for us.
The problem here is that we can't teach these birds when to crow and when not to. Roosters are wild in nature and they will crow when they like to crow. I told the neighbor that but he just got more angry.
Please help us with a solution Dr. Jim, you are my last straw.
Hay Seed in Arkansas
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Dear Mr. Seed
I do have some news for you. Good news. Those chickens can be taught.
It would be best for you if you did that because the neighbors told me when I contacted them that they are just about to call the city zoning commission about these problems your roosters are causing.
I have done some research on the matter, it seems that lowering the roof of their cages so they can not hold their heads up high is the best. You will have to buy an alarm clock as the roof will not get any taller at 6:30 than it was at 5:30.
I also found out that roosters crow at lights, the sun in the morning, other lights at night. Before you lower the ceiling try completely darkening their cage at nighttime.
Other suggestions on how to stop them from crowing ranged from using shotguns to eating them.
My idea is like that of training dogs and cats. You should buy a cot and sleep in the chicken pen. Whenever a rooster begins to crow in the middle of the night, tell it to be quiet. You could even throw a shoe. Then leave at 6:30. If the rooster crows when you are gone, then you are on to something. Gradually the roosters will learn not to crow at the times you have stopped them.
This should have helped, I surely hope so. It could be some of the readers can help you some as well. Best wishes on the roosters.
So, keep on keep'n on, and till then,
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