I wanted to address a serious issue that affects us all as poultry breeders/keepers nationwide. In our ever-changing society,a society that depends just about totally upon electronic devices,supermarkets,large retail home improvement warehouses and the ability to have all our meager impulses at our fingertips and to be interconnected worldwide, we as poultry breeders/keepers seem to be getting lost to history and changing local codes in many suburban neighborhoods even in 'country' areas way outside big city limits. this is an issue in many ways. First, we as americans have the right to live and survive and sustain ourselves on our own land and to produce resources for us and our neighbors and friends.we also have a right to earn an honest living off the resources we produce.This is the basic principle of our nations rise to power and wealth. We the pepole became what we are today because of our breeding flocks of poultry that we brought with us and were able to freely continue to produce once settled.Our founding fathers fought bloody violent hand-to-hand wars to protect the land we aqquired and our rights to be free to live as we see fit free of oppression or dictatorships and to be free to produce our own resources and to keep our productive breeding flocks to secure our lives and futures.that future is the one we now live in.Id say we did pretty well!! but none of it would ever have existed had it not been for the peopoles ability to raise their flocks and veggies! As we all know,poultry or eggs are consumed by just about everyone in some form or other. When disasters strike and lights go out in our modern world and gas for cars is not being pumped or delivered for weeks on end or worse, and supermarket shelves go dark and empty and brawls break out in shopping centers and parking lots over resources(like when superstorm sandy knocked us all out!)We that breed poultry or keep poultry in our suburbian communities are the very backbone of survival for our neighbors and families in our local area when things like that happen.We represent the true power of the people of our great nation with the inherent ability to sustain our communities when needed to without relying on the goverment or corporations whos hands are just as bound when lights go out. but many towns now have bans on roosters thus denying pepole the american right to produce and be self-sustaining with our green renewable resources as our founding fathers did before us and even our grandparents. this is dangerous as it removes vital renewable resources from the pepole and deprives them of earning extra income. it deprives the poor and needy of a valuble resource as well. Its outright unamerican. BUT there is a reason behind the practice! in many suburban neighborhoods accross the nation,where most folks have 1/4-3/4acre plots next to each other,lots of neighbors tend to complain about roosters crowing at times not in sync with their beauty sleep or their favorite show or thier infants nap time. so they all gang up on us at our town halls and vote to ban our roosters since they usually overwhlemingly outnumber us in any random suburban neighborhood,anywhere,u.s.a.! now in defense of those narrow-minded folks that are caught up in our modern world and have no idea or regard for what we represent or what we do or why, too many roosters is just obnoxious to any sane person; there are poultry keepers in suburban areas that actually keep several kinds of fowl of all gender and age like , for instance, 8 chickens,3 of which are roos,then 5 turkeys 18 quail 5 ducks and a freakin partridge in a pear tree if they could find it all crammed into a 1/2 acre plot with neighbors on both sides; although it may be legal IT IS TOTALLY RUDE OBNOXIOUS AND UN-NEIGHBORLY to do!! The fact is in all reality, noone in suburbia with an average flock of 12 birds needs more than 1ROOSTER to keep your flock going and to make your seasonal cash and continue to produce. you should always get rid of any extra roosters you hatch as soon as you can tell they are if you live in tight areas. the breeders who are inconsiderate of thier neighbors and have a 7 ring circus of constant day and night auditory assault bearing down on the sleepless neighbors from multiple flocks of various fowl all over your yard to the point at which its impossible to remain sanitary or sane are the breeders that mess it up for all of us! we cannot be rude and unsanitary or excessive about it in suburbia! 1 rooster is all you should need for a flock up to 15 hens in a tiny suburban plot; in order to keep a foot hold in our suburbias,we must be as considerate as we can be! do we really need 5kinds of poultry in our yards? do we really need 4roosters crowing in harmonic chain reaction? no. thats just ridiculous! Instead of our towns banning our flock propigation,clearer and more well-defined codes and laws like .......... 1 rooster per flock of 15, in say 600 sq ft of yardspace,along with rooster being locked in coop during certain hours to show your neighbors you do your best to muffle their early morning crows so they dont think youre a,well you know. also,new codes like no roosters unless 1 acre or more,but smaller plots can have hens. there is a happy comprimise that can be reached so non-poultry neighbors can be spared ridiculousness but yet poultry breeders can continue to produce our resources freely; so what if your neighbors 3 blocks away need to borrow your roo for a day or 2 cause he has a smaller plot and can not own a rooster;because you have an acre and his is 1/3acre;lend it to him!! not only does it open up nejghborly relationships it gives an additional opportunity for barter trade or sale in some ways! these are the other side effects of proper balance in a suburban community when codes are written with logical thought by pepole with a clue in our local goverments. its very important for us suburban poultry keepers to be able to remain productive in our communities and to be able to protect the pepoles future resouces for times of need. so i urge suburban backyard poultry breeders to limit your roos to 1;you dont need more than that! you dont need 8kinds of constantly squaking crowing gobbleing clucking and chirping all hours of day and night!you dont need 2 separate flocks of chickens; please be courteous in your breed selection and in your attempts to muffle your 1 roo to appease your neighbors,at least somewhat look like youre trying to.get rid of or process your surplus roosters BEFORE they start crowing too much! And always offer your neighbors eggs or fresh meat birds often.make them see that we are the resource we are and thier salvation in times of need! we backyard breeders are keepers not only of simply our poultry but we are the keepers of our childrens futures and securities! we cannot afford for thier sakes to have our roosters exiled out of suburbia all around our nation. besides, where will all the roosters go??? anyone else have any thoughts on the issue????