Here's my predicament: do we get a rooster or not? This is will be our first try with chickens, and we're only getting 5 of them. We live in the woods with hawks, owls, snakes, coyotes, fox (and much more) but we also have a German Shepard/Golden Retriever mix dog (who has met chickens before and as far as we can tell won't be a threat, however he has quite the nose for rodents and other wild animals). One of our friends has at least 29 birds and she doesn't recommend getting a rooster, saying that they're temperamental and can do more harm than good if we're going to have such a small flock. Also, we really would like eggs and if we get a rooster that will be one less hen we have the space for. So what are the pros and cons of roosters? Thank you much PS Also the breeds I'd like to get are Easter Eggers and Sussex, any advice? Here are the possible combination's: 5 EE (5 hens or 4 hens and 1 roo) 3 EE hens and 2 Sussex hens 1 EE roo 2 EE hens and 2 Sussex hens. Again, Thanks!