OK - after much agonizing I've decided not to caponize my little cockerel. I hope I won't be sorry! I have to admit to a life-long prejudice against roos; I think they're needlessly noisy, and they mess with the girls' beautiful feathers. This may have come from an inordinately noisy rooster that lived down the road from me growing up - that beastie started in crowing at about 4:00 AM. Now here I've fallen in love with little Edward, and I don't know what to do! I've decided against caponizing because I heard too many horror stories (even from vets), and I figure if I'm going to have a male, I might as well do it right. A couple questions - since I've never owned a roo before... I've been told that they become better and more impressive crowers if they have older roos around to imitate. Does that mean they may stay on the quiet side if they don't have competition, or is that wishful thinking on my part? Edward is a little over ten weeks right now, and hardly makes a sound. When he does, he peeps like a baby chick, which is funny, because his sisters are starting to get their adult voices.