Rooster Box

I mentioned at the end of my previous post that my nextdoor neighbour had come over to my place on Saturday with an idea for a possible rooster box to put ChopChop our remaining rooster into at night time in an attempt to keep him quiet in the mornings. Not that Choppy crows all that much anyway, but I am interested in the idea of using a rooster box, both for now and for future roosters who may turn out to be just as dominant and noisy as ChopChop’s brother, Boomer was.

The idea of a rooster night box, is to keep the bird in the dark until well past dawn and thus hopefully prevent him from crowing until a more reasonable time than say, 3am!

My neighbour came to ask me, initially, how to build the kind of box that I thought would work, but in the course of our discussion he had a brainwave. He hurried off back home to collect an item he had lying around in his garden shed to see if I thought it would be suitable.

The above picture is what he brought back. It is a collapsible canvas dog kennel for a small to medium dog, complete with a nice, soft cushion for the dog to sleep on. It is lying on its side in this image because it has a mesh bottom and we thought that would be good for airflow. The rooster could sleep inside this, with the cushion and some wood shavings underneath him for comfort and hygiene, and the mesh bottom could be faced toward the wall to allow air through without letting in too much light. I thought this was worth a try and R went back home to find something to use as a door for it.

The door is fashioned out of an old cargo pallet R had ‘in the shed’ as well.

R attached an aluminium bracket to the top of the wooden door.

The bracket neatly hooks over the metal framework and the
bottom of the door pushes in flush against the front of the kennel.

The Rooster Box installed in the chicken coop ready for its occupant.

ChopChop checking out the new digs.

We have used this for three nights, so far, and it seems to work well, except for the second night when I had not quite blocked all light from getting into the box. Last night, I made a couple of tweaks to the coop area where the box is, and as far as I know, Choppy didn’t crow at all. In fact, he has not crowed all day today. I wonder if he thinks being quiet means he won’t need to go back into the box again?

So far, so good.

Next time: “Uh-oh, I’m broody again!”

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5 thoughts on “Rooster Box

  1. Clever, clever woman! I really wondered if dark would do it. It seems to me that the neighbor’s rooster, quite far back, so not a problem, crows all dark night long. At least I have heard him in the wee hours when I went outside. I wondered about that. Keep us posted. 🙂

    • Roosters will crow at night time if something disturbs them, and because they are a prey animal, they can be disturbed by just about anything. A dog barking, or a raccoon walking by, or the call of an owl. A crow is a territorial sound, and also serves to locate and rally the hens if there is a perceived threat. Being in total darkness can help to keep a rooster quiet, but he may still crow if he thinks there is danger. I will be posting ChopChop’s progress as we continue to perfect his night housing.

  2. What did you use to sound proof your rooster box. I have two roosters and at the moment i am converting the back of my shed into a chicken coop because the one they are all in now is getting old. But i am thinking about adding two rooster boxes because they argue all the time. Any hints appreciated.

    • Hi Tazz

      We have not soundproofed this box as yet, as we wanted to see if just keeping him in the dark would help. His crow is somewhat muffled just by putting him into the box and I am to check in with the neighbours today to find out if that’s enough.

      However, there are a couple of ways that soundproofing can be done and if you’re going to build your boxes from scratch, the best way, imo would be to line the inside of the box with soundproofing felt and then cover that with pinboard.

      The other way I have seen people do it is to line the outside of the box with a layer of polystyrene. However, this method requires that chickens don’t have access to the outside of the boxes because for some reason, they really like to eat polystyrene! Eating it won’t do them any harm, but you’d be forever replacing it.

      • Thankyou for your reply Maggie x yes making the box from scratch. last night i put them both in seperate cat carriers which muffled their crows. I am rehoming one of my cockerels Pickles just because he is constantly being attacked by the other cockerel Dewi x never mind x thanks again x

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