I have an age old problem. I would like to have a pet roo,mostly because they are just so gorgeous and partly because I would like to hatch eggs. I love my little bantams and would love to get a bantam roo. But,here's the problem. I do not live in an area that allows chickens. I am only able to keep chickens because my sisters are still in 4-H. None of the neighbors have complained about my girls,so we're okay in that part. Our neighbors actually have over 20 chickens,but when some of theirs grew up to be roosters,their neighbor called on them and they had to get rid of the roos. I really don't want that to happen to me. I've read through a lot of sites and I know there is no real way to de-crow a rooster. The only real way would be to muffle their crows, and I do not want my roo in a dark small box all day. I also read that a roo has to stretch his neck to crow;therefore,if he could not strecth his neck,he could not crow. Is this true? I have already begun to think up coop and run ideas if this proves to be true. I was thinking maybe a really low run,low enough that he couldn't crow? And then of course I would let him out into the yard during the weekdays when most people are at work and not home. I would never want to keep my roo unhappy. If anyone has tried this? Any feedback would be real helpful!