Hello, I live in a chicago suburb and our town's rules on chickens are as follows: -no roosters (no reason given) -only 6 hens allowed Obviously there's difficulties with both of those when ordering the minimum for chicks from hatcheries and sexing errors. I've contacted the mayor to ask if we could figure out a way to amend the current ordinance that bans roosters and allows only six hens. I mentioned that roosters and hens defend their flocks from rats and may kill them (because we have bad rat problems) and included information about rat-infestation preventative measures (such as treadle/no waste feeders, hardware cloth, clean coop, etc), and she sent me this email: "I am interested in decreasing the rat population, not sending them to the next block. Currently our chickens seem to be increasing the rat population. If adding roosters could decrease it, that might be the ever elusive right thing to do. Thanks for the information." I assume the coops in our town that are "increasing the rat population" aren't taking the right caution to prevent rats for accessing the coop. I'm worried one of my chicks may end up a rooster, and also I want to be able to have more than 6 hens. We have a huge backyard and we're building a decent sized coop that could allow for more hens. I also think our flock will be safer with a rooster to protect them. I would be putting a no-crow collar on the rooster to decrease noise, as well. Compared to the sounds in my town right now, however, they're much louder than any rooster's crow. We live next to busy streets and are a mile away from the train and highway. So, I need some more information on how the roosters and increased flock size could help combat the rat issue. Is it hopeless, or is there a way? Sincerely, I want my town to see chickens (both hens and roosters) as awesome, LEGAL, helpful pets.