I've been raising a small backyard flock of chickens on my property for the past couple of years and I live in Cumberland County, Maine. I have 4 hens, 2 roosters, and 9 baby chicks that just hatched (all of which are planned to be sold/given away soon). Only one of the roosters crows (the other one barely ever does, like literally since I've had him he's only crowed once or twice, he just doesn't). Everything has been fine and there weren't any laws for keeping chickens around here that I know of. We live in an area in the woods with nearby houses that are close, but far enough away that we can barely see them through the treeline (so they're not right next to us). I admit, one of the roosters does crow a lot at certain times of the day; we don't let them out until later in the morning, so his crowing his muffled because he's in a coop. We've never had a problem. Until now, anyways. Just yesterday, we got a call from the local police dept. about a complaint from one of the neighbors regarding the rooster crowing. Apparently, the law was just put in place last July. A police officer came over to talk to us about it and show us the papers, and he said normally he would fine us for it but he didn't since it's a fairly new law that we didn't know about. But he said that the roosters had to go as soon as possible. Honestly, I'm pretty upset about this. The rooster that I have now (named Ivory, as some of you might know him as based on my thread) I hatched and raised myself. He was a house rooster for most of the first year of his life. He follows me around and he's always been my little baby that I cared for myself until he was big enough to have his own flock of hens. It makes me want to cry to not be able to see him come running out to me every morning and getting to say goodnight when I put them in for the night. My dad has a flock of chickens about an hour away that he could possibly go live with, but I would barely ever seen him and I'm not even sure if he'll be able to go there. But that's my only option as of right now, besides giving him away to a stranger, which I honestly can't bear to do. I know it sounds dumb but I've just grown so attached to him. Those of you who keep chickens as pets and have had a house chicken know exactly what I'm talking about. Please, if anyone can give me any ideas as to what I can do about this, please let me know. I'm honestly tempted to secretly keep him as a house rooster, but I couldn't do that to him; he loves being outside with his flock and he wouldn't be as happy. I really care about him and want to keep things the way they are but I know I need to think about what's best for him at the same time. Thank you for anyone who can offer any help.