Ok, so I think I have one boy out of my 5 chicks. I hatched them myself, so it's not a hatchery error. I was expecting boys, at least some, and I planned to sell them for like $5 or something. But if there really is only one... what's the harm in keeping him? I don't want him outside crowing at 4am to tick off the neighbors. I'm not an illegal chicken owner, just... courteous to the nearness of the other houses. But he could certainly over night in the house in a covered cage like a parrot, right? And bring his favorite hen in too for company? The closest I ever got to house chickens was a row of dog crates during freak crazy cold weather one year. I put them in a basement room so I could control the lights and the crowing. I'm a firm believer that a happy chicken is a safe, outside chicken. Big house, big yard, treats, free range time, everything they could want besides 100% free range for their own protection. But... he would be happy with all those girls, he would only be inside from dark until 9am when everyone goes to work/school. No one in the nearest houses work nights. So not a full-time house bird. He wouldn't have any competition, no fights, nothing but keeping his hens in order. He'll have a hard time with the New Hampshire. Here's a question though, would he and any hen I put with him have to reestablish their pecking order on a daily basis after the overnight absence? Or would it be the same as if they simply rooster elsewhere as in a bigger coop where the birds split up over night?