Hi, I am in New Zealand. We live on an urban property and were given 6 chicks to raise. Four turned out to be roosters and now they are crowing. I've thought about different ways to quiet them down so the neighbours dont get upset or have asked people about letting them go, that is releasing them into the wild bush. The bush here in NZ has very little to no predators as far as I know however the people I have asked here sayu that is is cruel and they will starve, not being able to survive and look after themselves, chickens are dependent on humans to live... and I just wanted to hear a few comments regarding that last statement from knowledgable people here on this forum. I dont like the idea of abandoning animals and I dont really want to kill them... at all really and I am trying ti exast all the possiblilites prior to that option, there was never an interest to look after them to kill and eat them, only for eggs... however I now think the person who gave them to us so eagerly recognised them as roosters when they were chicks. The other option I have been thinking about is making a large coop for the four roosters but at a low level for them to roam about in freely just low enough to prevent them from stretching out and crowing. That way we would take care of them and feed them. Perhaps some might find that cruel also. I dont know, plesae give some thoughts. I've found them out to be incredibly intelligent little creatures and we have made an attachment, we are going off eating meat altogether (vegetarian) and I would just like to hear some suggestions from others. Thanks in advance! V.