I didn't deliberately set out to create a girls only chicken run. I thought cockerels looked glorious, strutting about in the sunshine. Chest puffed; proudly looking after his harem.
In fact, I thought if I did have a cockerel it would be the noise issue, the early morning crowing, that would convince me not to have one.
With drakes this wouldn't be an issue. Because their quacks are softer, though no less urgent, than the females. A constant wack-wack, wack-wack as they walk about rather than a QUAAAACKK, QUACK, QUACK, QUACK of the more rowdy females.
But with six years of keeping ducks and chickens you learn a few things.
Like, a cockerel doesn't just crow in the morning. It crows all day long.
But, it turns out, the noise a cockerel makes can be the least of your worries. They can cause no end of damage to your hens if they're feeling a little amorous.