Why keeping cockerels is something you should cock-a-doodle-do!
Here at the BHWT, we’re suckers for a good love story and, as Valentine’s Day approaches, we’re hoping that some very special gentlemen might just find their forever flocks. It will come as no surprise to our supporters that we think ALL chickens deserve a shot at a free-range life. Including the somewhat maligned and misunderstood cockerel. When living in harmony amongst his flock, a cockerel will flourish. He will take on the role of natural protector and ‘head’ of the flock, which, in turn reduces bickering amongst your girls.
However, with crowing an increasing cause for noise complaints and the general (incorrect) assumption that these chaps are overly aggressive, it’s becoming more and more difficult to give the guys a chance.
Which is exactly why we’ve set up our Cockerel Lonely Hearts Club! Whether you’re looking for a new cockerel or a new home for your boy, our club might just be the perfect solution. Read to to discover everything you need to know about keeping cockerels…
Do your homework!
We can’t stress this enough! The very first step on your cockerel adoption journey should be to contact your local council. You need to check if they have a policy concerning keeping cockerels – as some do not allow it at all.
Prepare your environment
The fact of the matter is: cockerels crow. It is instinctive and you cannot completely stop it. There are things you can do to minimise it, however:
- – As the adage goes, prevention is better than cure, so if this is your first foray into chicken keeping, try to soundproof your coop as much as possible before your cockerels arrive. Insulating your coop and surrounding it with leafy shrubs and trees won’t stop your cockerel crowing, but it will help to muffle the sound.
- – One of our favourite all-rounder chicken tips – put the radio on! It’s been scientifically proven that putting a radio safely in or near your coop has a calming effect on poultry, especially if you switch to Classic FM. So, if your cockerels are prone to crowing at the slightest disturbance, give it a try.
- – If your day is a little more flexible, keeping your chickens in until late morning will confine dawn crowing to the coop, which may be less of an issue for your snoozing neighbours.
- There are many reasons for keepers to take the difficult decision to rehome their cockerel. If you have a handsome fella you’d like to advertise, we don’t charge but we do ask for a donation. All proceeds will go towards the lifesaving work we do and as soon as we receive your donation, we will aim to upload your advert within five working days. So, hopefully your chap will be winging his way to his new flock very soon. Each advert will stay on our Cockerel Lonely Hearts Club page for a month.