What is the best reason to keep a rooster - besides fertilized eggs (which I can get from my neighbor)? My rooster is pretty good, warns the hens when the hawk is around, tells them when there's a treat, even lured them into the nest box to lay eggs when they first started. Today, I noticed a bald spot on my Austrolorpe's head, must be from when he is mounting her. I looked at the rest of the hens, and there were a couple that were missing some feathers as well, also the Leghorns have large combs, and it looks like he has been grabbing their combs! I like to have a rooster to protect the flock, but beginning to wonder if it's worth it! My hens are only 6 months old & seem like they are getting beat up. Any advice?