So I have heard through the grapevine that there are those who want to know what's up with the roosters. Having paid the neighbor to get rid of the worst two roosters (who started crowing loudly each morning at 3:30 a.m.--prompting me to drag a mattress into the bathroom to escape them some mornings), supposedly along with all future roosters, we waited to see if they would actually disappear. They were still pretty much there by the time we left for the summer, so Owen asked him to get rid of them before we got back from visiting the U.S.
Imagine our surprise when we returned from our summer trip and found our neighbor moved out of the house--having left the chickens behind. The owner is fixing it up (it needs a lot of work, I think the fowls did nothing for the yard and the house was in some state of disrepair) and plans to rent it out again soon. But the now wild chickens have kept to their familiar residence, and though they get around during the day, early early morning finds them in their former yard outside our window, greeting the dawn.
So we went to the Ministerio de Ambiente (Ministry of Environment) to report the rogue chickens and we shall see if this government branch is willing and/or able to do something about the chicken situation. Our most recent morning wake-up was before 5:00 a.m.
I'll keep you posted.