- Apr 8, 2011
So, I have 5 chickens, hatched around may 13/14. 2 roosters, 3 hens. I definitely want to get rid of 1, rooster, possibly both, and perhaps get another hen or 2. I like the idea of keeping one of the roos, but holy crap, they have got to SHUT UP! I was dreaming of hearing crowing before the crows successfully woke me up this morning, and they've been going non stop since. Seriously, I've been home from church for maybe 10 minutes, and I've heard a lot more than 10 crows, just in that short time! To make it worse they really like this spot near the fence, since its really shaded, right by our closest neighbor.. goodness, they might be closer to the neighbors than to us! I've never met those neighbors.. I do know they get up and leave for work early, but stillI do not want to upset the neighbors. We've been leaving the coop door ajar so they can come out in the morning at their leisure (since I know if they had to wait for us to let them out, they'd be in there till 9 or 10.. which doesn't seem fair to them) but I'm wondering, if they were locked up in a coop, would they be less likely to crow before it gets light? At the very least, the coop is quite a bit further from our neighbors and our bedrooms! I also have no idea which bird is crowing the most.. but that would be the one to go! Do certain breeds crow more than others? They are both half americauna and by best guess one is half barred rock and the other is half sexlink. The half sexlink one was my favorite from the flock since before I could tell he was a roo. Friendliest, most likely to be the first to run up to me if I hold out a treat. And he has a lovely golden color! But if he's the loud one, he's gotta go. I've only SEEN the crowing twice, and both times its been him (could be coincidence, because I've heard a couple hundred others from the inside and have no clue which one is the loudest) I loathe to break up the flock because right now, they all just seem so sweet together! They wander around the yard in this tight little group and its just so cute. Anyway.. any tips on figuring out how we can manage to keep one of them?