Quote:This is awesome for urban homesteaders, Mark! By the above, I assume you are saying that if hens are kept outside, and a pet rooster inside, the rooster wouldn't be a great house bird because he would only want to be outside with the hens--correct? Is there anyway it could work to let a roo be a part-time breeder (maybe keep him and some hens in a room together for a couple weeks to get fertile eggs), and keep him as the lone house bird the rest of the time? Daniel What I meant was, The male's should not be in the same area as the females. The rooster will become protective over the hens, and therefore will not make a good pet because he's liable to flog you. roosters will become territorial with more than 1,with frequent battles over who is to be the alpha roo.and the females will become bare backed from mating, You could keep your rooster inside, while having hens outside, or vise-versa.