We have been thinking about adding a rooster to our flock of 9 hens for protection, but we're not sure if there is a recommended breed that we should be looking at. We lost a hen yesterday afternoon, I'm guessing to a hawk, and would like the girls to have a rooster to warn/protect them. We have a mixture of brahmas, orpingtons, and aruacanas. Should I look to a giant breed like a jersey giant, or something else? We've never had a rooster. Will a rooster that has good protection instincts be a pain (to people) to have as a free range bird? We enjoy the beauty of our hens and have heard that a rooster will make them look worked over with missing/broken feathers - is that always the case? Any ideas are appreciated.