Roosters can bring many benefits to your backyard flock. They can protect your hens from predators while also allowing you to hatch your own eggs. However, there is one drawback: the noise. Roosters love to crow, but that crowing can get out of hand. So, what are you supposed to do? Here we provide some answers on what you can do about a loud rooster:
You may not be able to stop your rooster from crowing completely, but you can prevent how much that sound travels. Insulating your coop can effectively block out enough noises that you’re not woken up an ungodly hour of the morning. This will also help in keeping the rest of your flock safe and warm during the night.
Find a breed that is naturally quiet
There are no breeds that produce completely silent roosters, but there are some that are quieter than others. Seramas, Bantams, and Orpingtons tend to be on the quiet side. While this is no guarantee of peace and quiet, it does make dealing with a loud rooster less likely.
Have a limited number of roosters
The more roosters you have, the more likely it is that you’ll hear one of them (or many of them) crowing in the early mornings. Plus, roosters are competitive with one another, and they express that with their crowing. As such, if noise is a problem for you, it’s best to only have one rooster in your flock.
Rethink having a rooster
At the end of the day, if you can’t stand the occasional crowing, it may be time to rethink having a rooster to begin with. No matter what you do, roosters will crow. While you can reduce how often they crow and how loud they are, you won’t stop them completely. If it is truly bothering you, consider rehoming your rooster to a rural farm where they can crow all they like.