We have 4 hens that mostly free range on our property. We have not had much trouble with predators as long as they stay close to where our chicken friendly dogs can roam on an invisible fence. We lost one hen a few months back when she wandered a bit too far, and this morning we are missing another - now down to 4. I did not order a rooster, because I had heard they would "tear up" a hen to breed and though we would love to raise our own chicks, I am such a wimp I don't think I could cull if we ended up with a bunch of little roosters. Now I wonder if a rooster would be something of a protector and keep them from wandering. Here is my question: What are the disadvantages and advantages to a rooster? Is they a one type that is "better" than another for my purposes. My husband really wants a jersey giant. I would appreciate any advice. Thanks!