I have a few questions so, if you would, please bare with me. We can have up to six hens according to our city ordinance. I would like to get away with 3-4 hens and one rooster (ordinance says no roosters). The reason I want to sneak a rooster is because I would like to free range the things in a six foot fence and am worried about cats, and not so much, but about skunks and raccoons as well. this may be naive, but for chickens to work for us they need to be as self sufficient as possible and we would like to get away without having to round them up in the coop every night if the weather is ok. It seems that they like to stay up a little later than we do and I feel bad pushing them in there coop at 830 in the night. I willing to change my opinion on the putting them in at night if I lose one. Is a rooster going to be benificial in our quest? can I get away with a rooster with a nosy neighbor? I heard that without a rooster the hens will crow anyway. I don't sense a big threat from predators. My biggest fear is the neighbors cat and he would strike in the day time when they would be out anyway. Is it ok to leave their coop open at night? Any help would be appreciated.