I've been mulling this over so much the last couple days that my mind has turned to mush. Thought about asking my real life friends their opinions, but none of them are chicken owners so I'm not sure they'd be able to help. Here's the issue: We got 6 chickens in May, one of which turned out to be a roo. Took him back to the breeder and got three new ones, about 9 weeks old. Then not one but TWO of them turned out to be roos. The new ones beought disease into my existin flock despite me doing the quarantine thing. 2 1/2 months later, they're STILL not entirely well (I suspect the antibiotics they were on caused other problems that are now being addressed). We sacrificed one roo in order to do a necropsy to figure out what their illnesses are (no contagious respiratory diseases so good on that at least.) Which leaves the one roo. Until a few days ago all was well: no crowing, was gentle with the girls while mating etc. thought he was a keeper, despite us living in a city that doesn't allow roosters within the city limits. (No crowing = no detection right??) Then he tore a large strip of skin of my NN pullets neck while attempting to mate. AND has started crowing starting at about 5:30am every morning the last few days, and crows about every hour after that till noon. I'd like to keep him because the plan is to move to a house outside city limits with much more land in the next year sometime. Nothing definite and the current house isn't even on the market yet, mind you. I'd like to free range the chickens then and a roo at that point would be very useful. I'd also like to raise my own chicks for the most part (I'm very put off with the local breeder I bought from and think it may be easier to brood my own??) But I can't put up with the crowing and injuries till then. Its a difficult situation and I've turned it over in my head so much that my head hurts. Sure would appreciate some fresh minds and suggestions.