I have 2 hens, both around 1 year of age, and a rooster who is the same age. He is siblings with one of my hens. He is a Silver-Penciled Plymouth Rock, and his name is Storm.
Before my current "flock," I had 1 hen and 1 rooster. Both my last rooster and my current have been destroying my hens' backs. I have tried separating them (that definitely didn't work), buying hen aprons, etc., nothing has worked. He even slipped off Trinity and cut her side open (it has healed now though).
He does keep an eye out, but it seems to me he's a scaredy-cat; I don't see what good he'd do if something attacked my hens. I'm questioning whether I really need him or not. He does find food for them, and keeps an eye out for hawks, but Trinity got attacked by a hawk a few months ago and all Storm did was run around trying to get out of the garden. I ended up having to save her by scaring the hawk away.
My hens also free-range but are soon going to be limited to a fenced-in area, with their coop on my barn, and since they won't be running around everywhere, I think Storm would be unnecessary.
I also plan on getting more hens after their free-range area is done, but no more than 10 hens total. I think in the area they will be at they don't need a rooster. Oh and also, we don't breed; we're raising hens for eggs (because they're way better than store-bought)!
What would you suggest...? I've read lots of articles and it seems 50/50. I'm just not sure.
(I apologize for my poor English, I've got writer's block right now, lol.)