Our city does not prohibit roosters, but the lady I talked to at city hall said no one has been successful because of the noise ordinance. Dh and I decided to give it a try. Oh lordy, we did not know what we were in for! We found a 5 month old EE roo that was raised as a pet and not aggressive which we thought was perfect. We took him into the backyard at dusk and he managed to get free. He had no idea where he was, no loyalty to us, and we only have a 4' fence. I chased him with a pitchfork to try to push him towards my husband, who was ready with a dropcloth. He made it over the fence and luckily (for us, not him) got caught in some blackberries so we were able to catch him. We have a large coop/run with 8 pullets (14 weeks old) and a separate little Garden Ark with two mature hens that are being kept separate due to quarantine and the fact that they're older than the pullets. Given that he mates & is new, we put him in with the two hens. They froze like statues but we figured they would be able to hold their own against him, assuming he would be dominant. We put him in at night and covered the coop in tarps to block the light. He started crowing at 5 a.m. We talked to the neighbors today and they all heard him, so we assured them we would try something else to keep him quiet at night. Meanwhile, the hens got over their initial fright and turned into absolute bullies! I found him cowering in the corner with his head tucked between his knees while they pecked his back. They didn't even stop when I poked them with a stick. Dh rescued him and we decided to try him in with the pullets, as he had nowhere else to go. I know we broke the quarantine rule but he would have been eaten alive in the quarantine coop. He is a total sweetheart and gentleman . He has tried to mate with a couple pullets (they were NOT interested!) but has otherwise left them alone. He even seemed to let them eat first when I spread out some oats. He has crowed intermittently throughout the day, and I am crossing my fingers that since there are no other roosters around, he won't feel too much need to defend his territory. The traffic does a good job of muting the sound. The plan tonight is to grab him off the roost and put him in a cat carrier in the garage. Since it's only a foot high, I'm hoping he won't crow. If that works we can just put him in the cat carrier and keep it in the coop overnight. I figure 9 a.m. is a decent time to let him out (as far as keeping the neighbors happy) but I don't know if that's too late for a chicken to start the day and eat. We also have the option of building a cupboard in the coop that has room for food & water. Any wisdom on that is appreciated.