Keep rooster in suburbs

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by romanerin2011, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. romanerin2011

    romanerin2011 Out Of The Brooder

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    I've been wanting to add a rooster to my flock for a year now. Problem is I live in suburbs and our neighbors are very close. Although I do live in the only area of the city that is legal to keep farm animals, I don't want to draw attention to myself and make my neighbors mad. I've heard of the rooster boxes but I can't do that as I go to work at 630am. So my idea was to keep him in the box until I leave for work and then let him roam in the shed until I get home at 345pm. Is that a bad idea?
     
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Why are you wanting a rooster?

    What does "roam in the shed" mean? Is it being with the flock? If yes, probably okay. If not, then why have him if he's not with the hens?

    Do you think your neighbors will be okay with crowing at 6 am when you leave for work?

    I don't know about rooster boxes, but I do know my birds start crowing around 4am. they also crow on and off all night during a full moon, or if car headlights hit the coop, or the dogs get after something outside. They're an animal that by their very nature draws attention to themselves, they're really not very stealthy.
     
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Roosters will also crow if they hear you in the house, such as if you turn the water on and they hear it, or you go out on your deck and they hear it. So they are the alert for the flock and they take that job seriously. A lot of cocks will give their lives for their hens, and they will sound the alert. This isn't what the neighbors will want to hear if they are very close by. Hope this helps.
     
  4. romanerin2011

    romanerin2011 Out Of The Brooder

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    No he would be in the shed by himself and then when i get put him in with the hens. I want a rooster so it can protect the hens and maybe stop the fighting between my barred rocks and rir. I also want to hatch my own eggs as well, lastly I think they're pretty and have always wanted one. Not sure if my neighbors would care. The two beside me said they wouldn't care but not sure about the rest.
     
  5. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    No chicken should live along, as they are social flock animals. He needs to live with the hens,not be in solitary confinement. Talk to the neighbors first and see what they think. Roosters crowing are less difficult than barking dogs, IMO. Mary
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Personally, I don't think it sounds like a good situation for a roo. Don't mean to be a Debbie Downer, but here's what I see....

    The rooster gets to be with the hens at 4pm or so....depending on what you need to do on the way home. Since he's been isolated all day, first thing he's going to want to do is jump every hen, probably multiple times. Hens don't usually like that, they want a little bit of courtship [​IMG]

    I don't know your situation/how many birds, etc....but fighting in a flock is often caused by overcrowding. If that's the cause here, adding another bird isn't going to help.

    Something to keep in mind about hatching chicks, half of them are roosters. You'll need to have a plan to manage them, also.


    All that said, imo if roosters are legal where you live, get one and let him live his rooster life with the hens like he's supposed to. If you're legal, the neighbors just need to deal with it, or move to the city to be awoken by garbage trucks instead of crowing roosters.
     
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  7. romanerin2011

    romanerin2011 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm trying to find the law that states it is legal. My real estate agent called me and she told me she found a document that states my neighborhood is the only one in my city where livestock is legal. Which makes sense cause the people on the next street down have horses and cows. I might just take a walk around the neighborhood and ask everyone on my street if they mind.
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I'd ask for forgiveness rather than permission...lol. People don't always tell the truth up front so as to to avoid conflict.
    Get him in the winter when everyone's windows are closed, not sure where you're located tho, then they can get used to the crowing at a lower level.
     
  9. sbhkma

    sbhkma Chillin' With My Peeps

    The other aspect is that many people really have NO idea how loud and obnoxious a rooster can be until they've listened to him at all hours of the day and night.
    If you're going to get a rooster, he needs to be with the flock, not just allowed with them for a couple hours a day. Keeping him separated for most of the day isn't going to accomplish anything except make him frustrated and lonely. As others have pointed out, if you have flock fighting, it could very likely be due to crowding and adding another bird is not going to help that. You might be better off taking your most aggressive hen and re-homing her instead. As for hatching eggs, if you have a broody hen you can always buy fertilized eggs and put them under her.
     
  10. romanerin2011

    romanerin2011 Out Of The Brooder

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    No I don't think it's over crowding issue, they have plenty of room and I only have 8 chickens. They're starting to get along. Yea I was seriously considering asking for forgiveness later. I mean we have dogs barking at all hours of the night so I don't see what the difference is. This is a stupid problem to have, if dogs made the same sound as roosters then it'd be ok cause it's a dog. I think I need to bring a little country into the lives of my neighbors.
     

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