We just got into the "chicken business" when a friend moved and we got the flock. We now have 7 hens, 1 rooster, and 4 chicks (9 weeks old and raised indoors). I'm not sure I'm a fan of the rooster, and I don't know if our neighbors will be for long either. He's a bantam (we have 1 bantam hen the rest are big) so he's not too loud but I'm wondering if he is worth keeping around. Eggs are our goal, so do Hens lay better with or without a roo? Does age of the hens (2 are about 3 years old) matter so much if there is a roo around, do they lay for longer if there is a man around? We also have one hen that is being bullied and I've heard getting rid of the roo can help her too. What are you experiences.