My city is reviewing and currently re-writing its chicken ordinance. They are considering limiting roosters to no more than 3 per property. Most of the lots in town are 1/2acre and above and zoned for animal keeping of all types. However, One of the neighbors has gone into the gamefowl breeding hobby and has 70 roosters and 200hens. The roosters are being roosters and making alot of noise and pissing off the non-chicken neighbors. This has sparked local petitions to end the chicken hobby in our town and people from both sides of the issue are currently presenting their sides of the argument before the vote. I am wanting to breed Rhode Island Reds for show standards. If I practiced rotational line breeding, is it possible to make it work with only 3 roosters or do I need more? If I had two breeds, (say RIR's and Barred Rocks), would this be possible? I think that the city should consider at least 6 roosters, in order to have two or three breeds progressing and breeding out obvious faults. The issue here is to stop the noise for the neighbors near the gamefowl house, and yet allow the hobby person to have chickens for show, like FFA and 4H. I would like to ask the show breeders out there, HOW MANY ROOSTERS ARE NECESSARY FOR BEING ABLE TO IMPROVE A BREEDERS SHOW LINES AND BE SUCCESSFUL? Is it just a pipe dream for someone to get into showing chickens if you can only have 3 roosters?