Two: Big Boy, silver laced Wyandotte, huge next to Nappy
Three: Sir Elton, a bantam, mostly Cochin
Four: no name, mostly Old English
Of the five chicks we bought this year, three are roosters! We gave number four away last week, and now we are down to three. Nappy, whom we've had the longest, is by far the loudest and crows the most often. Of the three, he is the one that is most annoying to me. Sir Elton has a very soft crow, and he only crows a few times a day. Big Boy just started crowing and while his crow is definitly loud, he also only crows a few times a day max and normally in the morning. Fortunately, none of them crow early in the morning, at least so far. Nappy doesn't get revved up until about 7:30, and on a few occasions, around 6:30.
We've decided to keep Sir Elton (named after Elton John). We love his flamboyant feathers and his feathered feet. Since we separated him from the other Old English bantam rooster, he has kept to himself. He is not aggressive to the other roosters, nor they to him for the most part. The fact that he rarely crows is a plus for him too.
I actually don't like Nappy. His crow is shrill, and he has started attacking me when I enter the animal yard. It doesn't hurt because he is so small, it just startles me when he does it because he comes from behind while I'm walking. It's terribly annoying. Nate loves him. He is very protective of the older hens around Big Boy. My goal was to get two bantam girlfriends for Nappy, but since both turned out to be roosters, I didn't really meet that goal.
Big Boy is coming into maturity. He has started crowing and also mounting the ladies, or trying to mount. A few of them do submit, but Nappy usually runs over and puts a stop to it before anything happens. Even though he is 5 times the size of Nappy, he runs. I am curious to see how this plays out. The other older hens give Big Boy what for when he tries anything, and they end up chasing him away. His two sidekicks (the light Brahma and black Australorp) are still a bit young, but I suspect if he stays around, they will be his primary hens. I would like to keep him, so we will wait to see how his crowing develops. So far, he only crows about once or twice a day for about 5 minutes. No early crowing either. Of course, now that I've written that, he will start crowing at 5:30 a.m.
This is my rooster saga. If the neighbors have not complained about Nappy, they should have no reason to cmplain about the other tow, at least for the moment. We shall see how it develops.