I noticed yesterday that my rooster was hoarse. I am sure the neighbours are thrilled, but I am more then worried. I got him from a family member about 3 weeks ago. He looks to be a Brahma. He was treated poorly and was at the bottom of the pecking order, as he was the 3rd rooster in a small flock. I took pity on him, and brought him home with 2 white Leghorn hens. Everything was find. His waddle is a brighter red now, he is active with his ladies, and he eats and drinks well. His droppings look normal, and I can not hear and unusual breathing sounds. He does seem to swallow a lot. He is a very timid bird, so I have not been able to hold him. I could just force it on him, but I have been trying to build up trust with him. As he only crows a few times in the morning, I want to keep him badly. I know my chances of finding a rooster that does not crow throughout the day are slim.