I don’t normally do “giveaways” on my blog. Nothing irritates me more than going to a blog and seeing a post that’s really an advertisement for an item. And if you want to get a chance in winning it, you need to:
- Put something on Facebook
- Sign-up for the blog
- Give up the rights of your first-born child
I know it’s a (cheap) way to generate traffic to your blog, but I’d just rather work on telling stories.
Having said that, guess what??? Today I’m offering a giveaway!!!!
Little background – I recently wrote an article in Backyard Poultry about ways to keep roosters quiet. One of the methods I wrote about was something called the NO CROW collar. The collar was a stiff band that went around the rooster’s neck preventing him from taking a deep breath.
It sounded like a great idea and so I included the information.
Two people recently contacted me to get more information on the product. One wrote:
I read with interest your article in BACKYARD POULTRY about “Noisy Birds”. My son who lives in the city of St. Louis has acquired too many roosters and the neighbors are not happy.
Been there, done that. Another reader wrote:
I enjoyed your article on roosters. I have had hens for 4 or 5 years now and have been interested in having a rooster but always shied away from them for the noise factor with the close neighbors. We have just eaten the ones that end up being boys in the past. This year I ended up with two roosters again and really want to keep them so I can start learning about breeding some of my own chicks. Therefore your article was very timely and informative. I would like to ask you more about the rooster collars. Is there a place to get some? Or a pattern or instructions for making one? Maybe a picture? Or possibly some way to get a hold of the inventor, Lauren Taylor? I really need to find some answers to this crowing problem and those collars sound like just the ticket. My husband is about to try some zip ties around the boys’ necks after reading the little section on the collars but I would like to learn a bit more about how Taylor went about it first. I am guessing the collar would need to go under the feathers but like I said, I have many questions. Thanks for any help you can give me in this quest.
Uh oh, I thought, I certainly hope that people don’t start putting zip ties on roosters because of my article (but to be honest, I recognized the desperation in trying to keep those boys quiet – again, been there.) A zip tie is too thin and it can harm the rooster’s neck, please don’t use it. I had planned to put a post up today explaining the collars in a little more depth ….
And then on Saturday I received a package of NO CROW collars from Lauren. She included a size Large for my birds (we currently don’t have a rooster but let’s face it, it will just be a matter of time) as well as a full set with all sizes as a give-away for my blog (XS, S, M, L, XL)
Here’s information on the collars:
As you can see they come in various sizes and consist of a stiff, webbed band that Velcros (velcrows?) around the bird’s neck. They do not go under the feathers but instead the band lays on top. I haven’t seen them in action yet, but apparently they work by not allowing the birds to take the deep breath needed for a crow. It certainly sounds reasonable.
The inventor is Lauren Taylor. Her website is www.NoCrowRoosterCollars.net and you can reach her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m very excited about these collars because I preach (and preach) that roosters do not belong in a backyard flock where there are close neighbors. They just don’t. But if this collar prevents that mind-numbing crow (that comes at all hours) then just maybe, a few roosters could live in a backyard flock and avoid the soup pot (or being abandoned in the woods.)
Here’s the giveaway information, if you want a chance to get these collars (the set goes out as one) then you have to leave a comment on this post – I’d also like you to report back to all of us how the collar worked on your rooster (so if you don’t have roosters, please don’t leave a comment.)
If you’re willing to try these out and let us know how they worked, then go ahead and leave a comment below. Do not put your address in the comment, if you are chosen, I’ll contact you. That’s it, trust me, I don’t want your first-born, I already have my hands full with my own six kids.
A random commenter will be chosen and I’ll let you know who it is on the Friday post.
If you have any questions about the collars, go ahead and ask and if I don’t know the answer, I’ll try to find it out for you.
THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.
Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com
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