Is it advisable to keep a rooster with only five hens? I got a rooster buying pullets. He is a Buff Orpington and 17 weeks old. I have 2 pullets which I need to integrate into my flock of 3 three year old hens. I have tried to give him away without success yet and I will not eat him. I have heard so many horror stories about how roosters are so hard on hens. I don't want my girls to have to go through that. Does anyone have success stories or advice?