Roosters can be great, or they can be a nightmare, depending on what you want. If you want your own chicks, you need one, but if you're wanting to keep him as a pet, it's a little iffy. Personally, my yard would not be complete without my roosters. I love hearing them crow every morning (and all day!). But I live out in the country with a bunch of old people as neighbors who also love hearing them crow, so that makes a big difference!
My Alpha rooster can be aggressive on occasion, but I tolerate it because he does his job better than any other rooster. He fiercely protects his girls, and has actually saved them a couple times, he keeps me in fertile eggs, he's gentle with the hens. He's even accepting of young cockerels, as long as they stay in their place. I've never seen him start a fight with one, he only defends his place and the hens from unwilling mating.
However, I don't have kids, and I can't let kids near him if they come over because he has spurred and bit me several times, usually when trying to pick up a hen. It can take over a year to see a rooster's true personality as well. Mellow cockerels may grow into aggressive cocks, and aggressive cockerels into gentlemen. The teen phase is really tough to get through, and without an older male to keep them in line, you may have to separate them for a few weeks until the hens catch up and the testosterone settles down.
Edited by torilovessmiles - 2/8/16 at 6:09am