So I have a flock of six 25 week old (6 months) hens. I have been offered a 6 month old rooster from a friend of mine who's neighbor is giving her a hard time about it, and she can no longer keep it. I live on a little over an acre and have always wanted a rooster. She said that the rooster won't leave the other chickens alone (I assume she means he won't stop mounting the hens.) I want my girls to be happy and don't want them being chased by a darn rooster all the time. Is there anyway to break him of this? I have a lot of predators where I live and actually just recently had a close call with a hawk, you can read more about that here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=562001 I would like the rooster for protection of my girls alone with some fertile eggs. The only problem is, my family doesnt really like the idea of eating fertile eggs. I said to them that people eat them all the time but they just don't like the idea of eating something that could have been a chick. My questions include: Do fertile eggs taste the same as non fertile eggs? The only difference is the bullseye, correct? Do you think the hens will be unhappy with the rooster? Will the rooster be good protection for my flock? How loud is a roosters crow? About how far away can you hear it? I am open to all and any advise/opinions. Thanks all!