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Is it possible and safe to decrow a rooster?

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Is it possible and safe to decrow a rooster?
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Bird
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 5 months ago.

Hi, JACustomer. Thanks for your question.

A procedure does exist. Although it's available, it's expensive and sometimes the animals don't survive surgery. There are varying degrees of opinion on whether or not this is a humane solution to the noise factor that tends to accompany the ownership of roosters. Nevertheless, it remains an option.

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Customer: replied 5 months ago.
What does the procedure entail? Approx. how much would this this cost? I am inquiring as an alternative to slaughter.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 5 months ago.

I would expect to spend around $500, perhaps more depending on location. It depends on where you go and not all places offer such a procedure. You will likely need to seek out an avian specialist.

There are varying reports of how this is done as it's not a procedure that many learn or are willing to perform. Typically a small opening is made into the thoracic inlet and a split is then made into what is basically the voice box for birds (syrinx). This procedure basically inhibits the ability to force air through the syrinx, thus resulting in a loss of ability to effectively crow.

There is a veterinarian who has made quite the comprehensive page here: https://quietroosters.com/the-procedure/ regarding this procedure that he often performs.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 5 months ago.

Checking in. How is your companion doing? Any other questions I can answer about this procedure?

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 4 months ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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