Hi everyone! I've been looking after a chick i named bobby. He was sold as a rooster and i'm pretty sure that he will be one. Looks like he is a RIR. I'd like to keep him if things work out, but im worried about his happiness. There's no chance of getting any hens, so if i was to keep him, he'd be on his own. Of course i'd give him attention whenever i could, but i dont know whether they are like other birds that can be kept as single pets. IF it is ok to keep him alone, would this avoid the 'mean rooster' stage that some go through? He is the sweetest little thing now, and thinks i am his mummy, and i'm worried he'll suddenly turn horrible when he grows up. Also, i live in a residential area and am worried about crowing. I have been told that if you keep their roosting area only head hight they do not crow as they can't stretch their necks. I thought of this as a possibility but would that be considered cruel or diminish his quality of life? I also dont have a fenced in backyard and on the odd occasion a local dog has strolled into our yard. i'm worried that this could be a risk for him and couldnt handle finding him dead one day. I live in australia so no risk of racoons, foxes etc but we do have possums that live on our property. any imput would be much appreciated!