OK- You all have done it to me again! I keep reading how many people keep a rooster around and I am wondering if maybe I should too. My biggest concern (as is everyone's) how much does the average rooster crow? Some books say at sunrise/set and when "danger" appears on the horizon. I would think that almost anything would scare a chicken... wind blowing a tumbleweed past the coop, a piece of scrap paper in the wind. Or are they smarter than that? Do they make the hens less friendly (less dependent upon you)? We're considering the 4-H route for showing and I would think that would eventually entail hatching and raising pullets for hens to breed with a rooster to get a better bird. What are your personal experiences with having a rooster around the coop? Thanks!