Unending barking has probably resulted in the death of more dogs than any other canine behavior.
As true as that statement is for dogs, it's worse for male chickens. Where backyard chickens are allowed, roosters are generally prohibited due to their crowing. That means any male chick that slips through the imperfect sexing job done at the hatchery is likely to lose its head at a very young age.
In the world of dogs, electronic bark collars have saved a lot of canine lives by sending a small static shock to dogs when they bark for more than a second or two. Bark collars work like new money, and cost very little to boot.
But what about chickens? Is there a "bark collar" for Chanticleer?
Not until now. But something new and quite simple has come along, and apparently it works.
NO CROW Rooster Collars work by diminishing the force behind roosters' crows. Reserves of air from air sacs (in addition to their lungs) are expelled all at once when they crow. When the NO CROW Rooster Collar is worn snugly around the neck (like a belt is worn around the waist) it tends to limit the force of the air and makes the crow quieter.
Collar fit matters, and the company instructs purchasers how to measure their pet roosters. Five different sizes of Rooster Collars are sold. The contraption itself is a small cloth cuff, 6-10" around, that closes with velcro. The NO CROW collar can even be fitted with a bow tie for the ultimate in pet rooster fashion!
The web site says the "NO CROW Rooster Collar does not inhibit normal eating, breathing, or physical activities including preening, dust bathing and mating when used as directed."
I have not used the thing myself (no chickens here) but would love to hear reports of success or failure in the comments.