I was talking to a friend on the phone the other day....who is thinking of getting chickens too. He asked me about the chickens and I, of course, went on and on about them! LOL! He, then asked if he needed a rooster for eggs. I explained that, no, he didn't need a rooster. The rooster would only be needed if he wants chicks. He said he did but didn't want to deal with the cock-a-doodle-do (I guess where he lives is less rural than here.) but that he does want for his (soon to be) chickens to rear their own chicks. However, he didn't think he needed a rooster for chicks... I waited...(silence)...he said, "Hello?" I THOUGHT HE WAS JOCKING! He was serious! OMG! I almost told him NOT to get chickens...PLEASE! I was a at a loss for words...but, gently explained the male/roo + female/hen = kids/chicks. We spoke for a bit more then hung up. Thankfully! I was befuddled! I think he was embarrassed. Though, in retrospect, I shouldn't have laughed out loud like that.