THE ANTI-CROWING COLLAR
In an attempt to placate their neighbour, the owners of the troublesome cockerel mentioned on the radio fitted an ‘anti-crowing collar’. Having never heard of such a thing, I discovered it restricts the bird’s vocal chords, limiting the volume of his crow. It sounded bizarre, and not very humane, although it’s claimed that if correctly fitted the cockerel apparently suffers no discomfort. Perhaps the key words are ‘correctly fitted’ – too loose and it won’t work, too tight and the bird could be strangled. It would also require regular checks.
Personally I don’t like the idea at all (although my husband, who had been suffering restless nights due to our rowdy birds, showed some interest). Apart from the likelihood of distress and suffering to the birds, it could encourage people to keep cockerels in unsuitable circumstances. By the time the case of the disputing neighbours came to court, the cockerel in question had been despatched. He’d been kept in a dark shed at night, the collar had limited his crowing – and he showed his feelings by chasing his owners around the garden!