Lesson 1084 -NO CROW Collars – discussion


Yesterday when I put up information on the NO CROW collars, I had no idea of the kinds of opinions people would have on the matter. While most think that *if* this works, it would be great, there were a few who strongly disliked the idea.

But then I shouldn’t have been surprised, people tend to love and be protective of their flocks.

“It’s cruel.”
“If you don’t want to have roosters, you shouldn’t have roosters.”

And while I agree with that last comment on some level, (once again, roosters do not belong in a backyard flock where you have close neighbors) I also know that with our very first surprise rooster, Betty (“Bet he’s” a rooster) I would have tried anything if it meant we could keep her/him in our flock. We hadn’t planned on a rooster, but as so often happens when you have chicks, we ended up getting one.

I feel so strongly about the rooster situation that I taught myself how to cull a chicken so that not only could I put a sick or injured chicken down, but that I would also be available to locals who could not get rid of their roosters. When I teach my chicken classes, I always include a short segment on culling.

Do I like doing it? No. Will I continue to offer this service? Yes. We live near a river, a quick cull is far better than abandoning in the woods or throwing in the water. Sometimes people get desperate.

Someone on Community Chickens raised the idea of whether or not these collars are healthy for the roosters, if they can’t take a deep breath, are we going to start seeing roosters with respiratory issues?


That’s actually a good question and one I hadn’t considered. When you put the collar on your rooster, you are supposed to leave a fingers’ width of extra space so that it does not interfere with normal breathing. Until he crows, he’s simply wearing a collar. It’s only when the rooster takes a large inhalation in order to crow that the collar will even be felt.

But are taking deep inhalations necessary for a rooster’s health?

I don’t know and so I’ve reached out to a poultry vet at UPenn and one at USDA APHIS to get their opinions on the matter. As soon as I hear from them, I’ll pass on the information.

I *personally* think that these collars, if they work, would be of incredible benefit to flock owners. I currently have a rooster-less flock (unless you want to count our transgender hen- Zelda) that is allowed to freely range in our yard. We are bordered by woods, having a rooster to sound the alarm or even to challenge a sneaky predator, would be ideal.

I’ll continue to follow this collar topic and will pass on any information I get (stories of success/failure, and professional opinions.)


In other chicken news, this recently came in the mail. A reader (and Facebook friend) Wes, sent this because when he saw it, he thought of me. How wonderful it is to share the chicken love. Thank you Wes, it’s lovely and makes a wonderful addition to our family dinner table. We’ll be thinking of you often.

Here’s a smile right back at ‘cha. Many thanks, friend.


NOTE: If you are want a chance at getting that set of NO CROW collars, comment on the previous NO CROW post. I’ll randomly pick someone on Friday.

If you have questions or concerns about the collars, leave them here and I’ll see if I can get the answers.

Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

Also, join Wendy on Facebook to find out more about the flock (children and chickens) and see some pretty funny chicken jokes, photos of tiny houses, and even a recipe or two.

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5 responses to “Lesson 1084 -NO CROW Collars – discussion

  1. My problem with the no crow collars came about when I tried them on multiple roosters, 3 of them, in my flock. The collars made their hackle feather lift and they saw each other as wanting to fight. The fights were non-stop, but as soon as I took the collars off, the fighting stopped. Maybe it would have been okay to just leave the collar on the dominant rooster. I did not try that.

  2. jenny

    Have just found your blog, looking forward to having a look through it.
    With regards to a rooster taking a deep breath, when they crow they take a “fast” deep breath – that is a bigger volume quickly, which the collar makes less comfortable. But taking a “slow” deep breath would still be possible with normal (not crowing) breathing, so I don’t see that it should lead to any respiratory problems.
    I’d be interested to hear how it goes in practice.

  3. Hi All,
    I’d say compared to people who declaw cats which I think is pretty cruel, I’d have no problem using these collars. I’m just trying to explore reasonable options and a tiny bit of discomfort (which they will adapt to anyway) to keep my pet will not be a problem. As a new chicken owner I hatched my own eggs so chances are good a boy will happen and I Luv all of my baby birds… I think the collar is a great idea base on all I’ve found. Luck to all.

  4. Dave hess

    I made a collar out of 2″ velcrow. I finally got collar tight enough to actually work. It was working great for 2-3 weeks. Today I happened to check on my chickens and the rooster was acting strange and keeled over. Luckily I was right there and took off collar and revived him. I may not want to use it again because if it’s not tight enough it doesn’t work. He might have eaten something large to cause choking. ??

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