I think roosters have a bad rap. If you raise them young and feed them treats and hold them they will be friendly. I have had many roosters that were my favorite chickens. My most recent rooster, a mixed breed that looked just like a Delaware, his name was DNA, he would come running expecting to be picked up or given a treat, all I had to do was call "DEE-en-AA! sweety! Okay, you may say, what about the crowing? I had a small cabinet in my coop that the roosters would sleep in. the cabinet is darker, and he could not stretch his neck to crow and I got plenty of sleep. To be kind to may neighbors I would wait until 10 AM to let out my rooster and put him away by 6 PM. What about hen damage? I would let my hens out at 6:30 AM and let the rooster out at 10 or 10:30, my hens would eat, enjoy the morning to themselves, roosters are randiest in the morning. I also loved to see the courtship the rooster would bring the hens, and they would protect them too. I hope everyone can consider a rooster with these tips.