We adopted 3 baby chicks that my son hatched in his kindergarten class. Wouldn't you know it - the one he has bonded to turns out to be a rooster(they are 10 weeks now!!!! I just can't stand the thought of separating these two friends. All 3 birds are super docile and will jump up when you are sitting down outside to sit with you (a stranger thing I have never seen - but I did not know much about chickens until this last month and a half since they have come into our lives). I use to have a rule, no chickens in the house, not wanting to have to clean up the poop, but I will be darn if my son can get his chicken (the now known rooster) to sit in his room for an hour or so at a time just watching him play legos. He has a blanket that KC puts him on and he just sits there, and sits there, and waits for KC to pick him up and take him back outside. It is the craziest thing you have ever seen!!!! Since Blacky has yet to make a mess, he still has indoor privileges. He is just starting to cock-a-doddle-do, it is so cute, it happens between 9am and 10am and it really sounds more like a cough or something. Apparently we are allowed up to 6 backyard hens but no roosters in our area. What to do, what to do?!?! My son thinks we can just build a sound proof box to put him in. Any suggestions? I've always thought people that snip there barking dogs vocal cords are FREAKS but honestly, I am starting to understand! Everyone in the neighborhood knows we have chickens. We let them out in the front yard everyday for hours at a time. My dog patrols the yard for them and they just roam around eating insects from the garden and nibbling on the peaches that have fallen from the peach tree. Oh there are 3 boys next door that are constantly fighting to hold them, along with my 2 kids and the 4 other next door. Thus the reason they are so darn tame!