Originally Posted by Ridgerunner
I fully agree with all those that said you do not need a rooster unless you want fertile eggs. That’s the only reason, everything else is personal choice.
If you wish you can remove his spurs but that won’t do any good unless you remove his claws also. He grabs with his claws. Look how sharp they are. Guess what is causing the vast majority of the damage.
Some people honestly believe that a rooster will keep the hens safe. Some have seen a rooster protect his flock. That has not been my experience. Some roosters will fight some predators and even give their life for the flock. The vast majority of mine are more apt to lead the flock to safety instead of acting as a rear guard. While each animal is an individual, I do not believe most roosters offer that much protection.
Some flocks with over 20 hens and one rooster have hens with damage. Some flocks with only one or two hens and one rooster do not have damaged feathers. There are so many variables here. Sometimes the hen is more the cause than the rooster. Still, if a rooster that age cut a hen, he needs to go. It’s not always the hen’s fault.
Yes, many roosters, at least ones that I have had, would not help any if a predator came along, but the one I have now is different from all the others that I have had except one. I have found that really good roosters are few and far between, or else there's someone at the hatchery making sure I'm not getting any good ones ! I keep a rooster for some other reasons, too, though, like for fertile eggs and to make sure the hens stay in the pen: if one gets out, I'll find out from him!
If all the rooster does though is stress out the hens and make noise, he's not worth keeping.