This spring I was in the little local feed store and the woman in front of me in line was bemoaning the fact that one of her pullet chicks turned out to be a rooster and needed to "rehome" it because roosters aren't allowed withing city limits. I told her I'd take it, but that the chances were pretty high that it would end up as dinner. I explained that I liked the idea of having a rooster, but hadn't had great luck with the temperaments of the two I'd also raised (also supposed to be pullets). She brought me her rooster, and a second one a week later. I left my number at the feed store and ended up with 9 roosters delivered to my home over the course of the summer. I'm down to two. The first is a handsome Easter Egger fellow who spent over a month in with my hens and seems to get along pretty well. It isn't always pretty, but all but one of the hens seems to submit to his attentions, which are pretty constant. The hens are getting a bit bald headed and patchy, which I wonder about with winter coming but he is most definately getting the job done. The second is a beautiful Blue Ameraucana fellow who has been given a 2 week trial in with my girls. He seems more laid back, and I like the idea of the little chicks I might get next spring (I have a mixed flock of EEs, some Production Reds, some Wellsummers and 2 Blue Favaucanas: a green egg laying hybrid). However, while every time I'm outside in the garden or tending chickens, I witnessed the EE rooster mounting a hen, I've only seen the Blue Ameraucana successfully mount a hen once or twice. I don't stand around waiting for him to perform, but it is getting into fall and I want to be down to one rooster by the time winter comes, because the pen I'm keeping the surplus rooster in isn't really winterproof. So, the EE rooster or the Blue Ameraucana, which should I keep if I want a nice rooster who will protect his girls and also give me some nice fertile eggs so that when my two Favaucanas go broody in the spring (like they do several times a year) I can let them hatch some chicks?