I am a newer chicken owner who has 7 hens of various breeds. I did alot of research and figuring when I built my coop and nesting boxes etc. They are approaching egg laying age which we are very excited about. I am happy with my coop and happy with my hens...all is well in our happy little coop. AND THEN...tonight my neighbor who also has chickens stops by and proudly announces that he has a gift for me. He excitedly takes me to his truck and shows me a pair of little bantom silver laced wyndottes, a hen and a rooster. He didn't ask me if I wanted them but was so excited to give them to me and it seemed I was expected to take them. I can be a bit of a push over and I am not sure how it happened but now I have two new bantoms. The hen is just now approaching egg laying age and the rooster was hatched out with her. I have them seperated from my hens. I do not mean to sound ungrateful, but was content with my happy little hens. I know they were given with a kind heart, so I should be grateful and hopefully it will turn out to be a good thing. I have some questions... 1) I am concerned about having a rooster...he seems friendly, but is there a chance he could be aggressive. He says he is very friendly and has been handled? Is there a benifit to having a rooster in the hen house????? 2) Will he be able to mate with my regular size hens...buff orps, light brahmas, barred rocks, sex link? I am "scared" of eating fertalized eggs. 3) Can bantoms live with my large hens? Thank you in advanced...hopefully I can sleep tonight!