We have a great coop and a good sized run for our 5 chickens (we are urban dwellers). Unfortunately, one turned out to be a rooster, and crows dawn to dusk. I have found that keeping him in the coop with the door shut (dark) keeps him quiet until 9 or 10 (we then open the door), which I feel is much more considerate to my poor neighbours than the 6 or 7 he pulls when he is let out earlier (door left open). I also work nights and sleep during the day, and he wakes me up all day (not cool) so if I keep him just in the run and he is not allowed to free range, he crows much less and I get more sleep. But my DH will say things like "oh, the poor chickens" or "we shouldn't keep them locked up all day". They have plenty of food,water and space.... He puts quite a lot of stock in BYCc's collective advice-am I being "cruel" or practical?? (I hope the advice is what I hope it to be or I'm going to have to get rid of my silkie rooster!).