I have been looking to start breeding my own line of a breed that is particularly rare in the region but have been having a bugger of a time finding a good quality rooster. FINALLY find one. Yay! He has not shut up since he's been here. I truthfully do not know how he has not starved to death or when he sleeps. Even locking him in a crate in a pitch black room does not shut him up. I already hate him with a passion. My husband has changed his name from "MBD" (Might Be Dinner) to just "Dinner". I would cull him in a heartbeat except he's gorgeous. I've had roosters who crowed more than I like, but nothing approaching this guy or as incredibly loud (including in this breed). I'm debating if I should go ahead and hatch eggs with his genes or not. On the one hand, he should produce some nice offspring and if I don't use him, I'm pretty much stuck waiting until next spring. On the other, if there is a genetic component to the amount a rooster crows, I do NOT want this introduced to my flock. He did come from a place with a lot of other roosters & I've noticed that they seem to crow more when there are multiple roos where they can see/hear each other. But if that's all it is, how long should it take him to shut the $#!*@! up?