My DH and I went to a poultry exhibit over the weekend, which gave me plenty the perfect segway for discussing roosters (again)....because I'm still thinking I want one. While our area has no ordinances regarding chickens, my husband's main reservation about a rooster is the crowing and its potential effects on the neighbors (maybe the potential of being flogged, too, but he doesn't mention that part). Two out of four of our neighbors we know wouldn't care and have told us so. The other two, we just don't know. One of them probably wouldn't be an issue and we would ask before taking action. The other one is a....err....less than savory bunch who we generally don't speak with and are quite happy to keep it that way. So asking them, to me, is not really an option (nor do I care what they think, which isn't the greatest attitude, I know). While at the exhibit, though my DH raised a good question, and I don't know the answer; can you successfully keep a bantam rooster with large fowl hens? They definitely have smaller crows, which he preferred (I rather like the big, loud-mouthed fellows, myself ), but would they be able to perform their other roosterly duties despite their diminutive statures?