I have 7 six week old laying hens. How important is a rooster as far as protecting them, My concern is hawks and owls. I also want my chicks to be happy and free to roam my acre. Will they stay on my land? Will they stay together? Will they stay near their coop, or will they be like my bipolar daughter and fly the coop? Real question, and yes my daughter is bipolar. If I decide to get a rooster, do I have to introduce them slowly, or just throw him in with his wves? Great a morman rooster. Just a joke my best friend is morman, we tease her all the time. First time chicken owner, learning quick do to this sight, thanks to all of you. Anyone from Murrieta California?