Can't have crowing? You're in luck. A clever backyarder who wanted both roosters and happy neighbors decided to take matters into her own hands. She designed, tested, tweaked, tweaked some more, and finally patented the world's only collar designed to dramatically reduce both the volume and the frequency of crowing. It has been tested and adjusted for maximum safety, comfort, and effectiveness. Several My Pet Chicken staff and family members, as well as thousands of "testers" have tried out these handmade collars--and the results are awesome! Finally, you urban and suburban chicken-keepers have a shot at keeping your beloved pet roosters! This collar is to be used only on roosters.
IT IS NOT A SHOCK COLLAR. The No-Crow Rooster Collar is handmade from mesh and Velcro, and fully adjusts to fit the rooster perfectly. They are worn with a pinky finger's width of space between the collar and your rooster's neck. Download the instructions. The collar prevents roosters from expelling the contents of their air sacs all at once, preventing them from unleashing a full-powered crow. While wearing the collar, they can still vocalize in all their normal ways--but the volume is limited. The collar is made to bend and flex with the rooster's neck so he can do everything he always does (eat, drink, dust bath, other vocalizations). It isn't tight enough to bother them, and it allows their necks total freedom and flexibility to expand.
Add a Bow Tie!
Normally sold for $18.00 extra, now you can add on a handsome, "one size fits all" bow tie to your collar for just $14 more. The bow tie is specially made to fit the No-Crow Collar and really steps up the look. :) More about the bow tie.
Is it guaranteed to work?
The collar is guaranteed to significantly reduce the volume and frequency of crowing so that ultimately, roosters are no louder than a hen. Each rooster is different, and each owner is responsible for using the No-Crow Rooster Collar according to the instructions included.
If the collar does not work for you, as is reported in some of the reviews, it is due to user error. If you do not notice a significant change in the volume or frequency of crowing, you don't have the collar secured tightly enough. If it is choking the rooster, it is too tight. As long as you purchase the correct size and carefully follow the enclosed instructions, it will work!
Does it need adjusting?
Yes, from time to time you may need to adjust or reassess the fit of your collar to keep it functioning properly. Keep in mind that if you've put it on a juvenile rooster, it will need loosening as the rooster grows.
Does it irritate their necks?
No. The No-Crow Rooster Collar is placed over the feathers, and over the course of the day, some of the feathers come free. The roosters who have been tested never have irritated necks because there are always some feathers under the collar, and the collar is worn "soft side in."
Give your guy some time to adjust to having something on his neck by allowing him to wear it loosely the first day. It's a new sensation! After that, begin the adjustment process. We recommend starting the collar loose, then adjusting it a bit tighter every day until you have found the most effective fit. Do watch very, very closely for signs of distress or difficulty breathing. The collar should ultimately be closely fitted, like a belt.
Listed below is typical sizing by breed, but to be accurate you can measure your rooster's neck (under the feathers, close to the skin, lower on the neck) before ordering, then ADD 1.5 to 2 inches to your measurement to provide enough "overlap" on the collar to ensure the Velcro attaches properly. If in doubt, choose a size larger!
XS (4 inches) Class A Seramas only.
S: (6 inches) Small breeds like Class B/C Seramas, Bantam Cochins, Pekins, Game Bantams, D'Uccles
M: (8 inches) Silkies, Polish, Leghorns
L: (10 inches) Most large fowl birds, like Plymouth Rocks, Orpingtons, Marans, Cochins, Wyandottes, etc.
XL (12 inches) Extra large birds like Brahmas, Shamos, etc.
If the size you order doesn't fit your bird, just mail it back to us within 30 days, and we'll exchange it for new size for free. A $3.00 processing fee will be assessed for returned collars.