Hello just joined Backyard Chickens, from northern Ontario. New to chickens and find the information on the site a great source of information. Lots of informative articles from some obviously very passionate contributors. Our plan is to start slow and once the weather get a little warmer, start building our coop, hopefully adding chickens by next spring. So, lots of time to check things out and do it right. Looking at a small flock of six to seven chickens and possibly a rooster. Which leads me to my question. Other than fertilized eggs are there any other advantages to having a rooster?