This topic is probably covered all the time, but my rooster is driving me c-r-a-z-y. He's very handsome, very sweet, very good to the hens. We got him a few months back from another family who had him since he was a chick. He's a year old. I usually first hear him around 3:30 a.m. or so. But he really starts in about 6:30. I let him and hens out of the coop at that time (in order to shut them all up, because then they all get to whooping and hollering) and they free range. But all morning long he has bouts of crowing, and into the afternoon. My 4 hens may just be too independent for him - they go their own way and he probably has a nervous breakdown trying to get them all into one place. Maybe he's crowing to call them. But they are often dawdling somewhere else and could care less. So - any ideas on how to keep a rooster either happy enough or sad enough to not crow continually? I hate to get rid of him, but he's driving me to the brink.