I just thought I'd tell you about Romeo, our wonderful rooster. He is gentle with us and with his girls. He finds food for them and calls them over but never eats himself unless they don't want to eat or are finished eating the goodies. I had heard so much about roos ending up in the crock pot, something I could never do, because they are so mean that I was astonished that our roo was so nice. Well, he is also a great protector. We have a lot of foxes were we live and a few weeks ago one came within 30 feet of the house. My husband heard a raucus and looked out the window to see Romeo chase the fox away from his girls and into the woods. The whole thing only took a few instants but Romeo was very effective. He was given to us when we bought the hens and we don't know his background, only that he is a mutt. We have converted a barn stall into a coop and close all the doors at night hoping that nothing will get in and get our chickens while they are asleep. They roost about 6 feet from the ground.