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“No Crow” Collars Keep Roosters Quiet
Lauren Taylor wanted to keep a rooster in her urban backyard, but she worried about bothering her neighbors. So she figured out a way to let her rooster crow more quietly. When she mentioned her success on Facebook, her chicken-keeping friends wanted one of her homemade “no crow” collars and a new business was born.
  “I made my first one in September of 2013, and I’ve sold thousands since,” says Taylor. “I think they’ve gone to every state but Hawaii and Alaska, most of the provinces in Canada, as well as Europe and Asia. Some of our first customers were in Australia.”
  Taylor emphasizes the humane nature of the collars. “They don’t deny the rooster the act of crowing, and roosters with the collars are still satisfied,” says Taylor. “It allows the neck to fully flex in every direction.”
  To make her first one, Taylor did a lot of research on how a rooster crows. She found the rooster has air sacs, which they inflate along with their lungs, expelling all the air at once at the end of the crow.
  The collar simply doesn’t allow the bird to expand its neck as far. This has the effect of lowering the volume of the crow.
  She notes that the humane nature of the collar is important for people who keep roosters as pets. She tells about a man living in a high rise in South Korea. He ordered one for his rooster, who he describes as his best friend. He said his neighbors were complaining, and he didn’t want to part with it.
  Although her first collars were handmade with Velcro closures glued to fabric, demand outstripped her ability to supply collars. She quickly switched to a Michigan company that machine sews the collars.
  The No Crow Rooster Collars are only available on the internet. They are currently priced at $17.95. They come in 5 different sizes - 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 in. To pick the right size, measure the lower portion of the rooster’s neck circumference and add at least 1 1/2 in. for overlap.
  Check out a video of the No Crow Rooster Collar at FarmShow.com.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, No Crow Rooster Collars (www.nocrowroostercollars.com).

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2014 - Volume #38, Issue #6