I have a small backyard coop and only 4 hens and 1 over active rooster, who seems to protect the flock. However, he is over-mating them and I don't have room for more hens. It wasn't my intention to have a rooster...he's a good one thought and he does do his job well. But I'd rather have another hen for the eggs. Just wondered how hens faire without a rooster protecting them from predators. Is it necessary and advised to keep him for that reason, or do you think hens are fine surviving without a roo around? I don't need to fertilize eggs since we don't have the space.