We have 16 hens and 1 rooster. I have read on here about people saying to keep your rooster if he is a "good" rooster. What makes him good or bad? We ordered all pullets, but were sent 2 extras that we did not even pay for. One ended up being a rooster. I believe he is a Welsummer, but my family thinks he is an Easter Egger. His name is Egger. One of the hens is named Easter. We thought he was a girl. Oh well. He's big and beautiful. I'll look for a photo. I don't think we have any recent ones. All of our hens arrived at 2 days old and one hen was always bigger than the rest. I believe she was born a day or so before the others. She also doesn't look like any of the others. Her name is Hey Hey Happy Head, or Hey Hey for short. Well, after a month or two, suddenly one of the "hens" was suddenly larger than her. This fast growing bird was our Egger, who is not a hen after all. When I do a search for Welsummer rooster, 19 of the 20 photos look just like Egger. When I search for Easter Egger rooster, maybe 2 out of 20 look like him. So I'm not sure what he is, or if it even matters. I've read on here about roosters protecting their flocks of ladies. How brave are these guys? These are our first chickens and they are about 7 months old. We have bald eagles, hawks, coyotes, owls, red fox, black bears, outdoor cats, and more on our acreage. The main predator that flies overhead while the chickens are free ranging are hawks. I've seen in other threads where hawks will swoop down, kill and begin eating a hen right in front of their humans. Maybe there is no time, but I'm not sure why the humans didn't run over and punch the hawk in the beak. Instead, they took photos while the hawk ate their hen. That hawk would have to fight me first, and I don't think it would win. What would my rooster do to a hawk? Run? Die? Fight? I'm sure it is up to each individual bird, but I'm also curious if there is a common action/reaction that these supposedly "good" roosters take when in protection mode. Fight or flight, I hope our Egger would fight. Maybe they know there's no hope and it's not worth his life for one of his hens. "Live to fight another day." (or for him: "Live to protect the majority of the flock tomorrow instead of dying to protect a minority/one hen today.") I look forward to hear some of your experiences on this.