Hi - I'm pretty new to having chickens, I posted this past summer for help on sexing a bird that I had. He was a rooster and I found another home for him since I live in Chicago and can't have a rooster that crows all the time. I took in a cornish cross a few months ago who everyone thought initially was a hen. Turns out he was just pretty young. He was also really sick so we nursed him back to health and now he has started crowing, as of this morning. Not a great surprise, but what can we do. We have no interest in killing him and are just keeping him as a pet - we also have 5 hens. If we let him free range during the day and restrict his feeding (he has to be fed apart from the hens or they don't get any food) what is his life expectancy, roughly? Will he crow all the time like any other rooster or is there a chance he won't? I'm probably being naive on that one... But I thought I would ask. I really want to be able to keep him. Thanks!