Hello All, We are new to the chicken world and are raising our first flock from chicks and are really enjoying it. It's funny, I've never lived on a farm but I always felt a strange comfort when I was around them. (Maybe it's in the genes...my gr.grandpa was Penna. Dutch!) These birds seem to have filled a small void that I didn't know I had! Anyway, we have 7 chickens......2 Barred Rocks, 1 Ameracauna, 1 Australorp, 1 GL Wyanndotte, 1 SL Wyanndotte, and 1 Buff Orpington. They are 8 weeks old and after spending about 2 hours reading posts on this forum, I believe that the BO is a roo. He/she is the only one with a really pronounced pink comb and now is developing waddles. Now, we got chickens for pets and eggs. Except for the crowing, is it a bad idea for us to keep a rooster? What should I know/beware of? It's a beautiful bird and stands out among the darker breeds in our flock. I hate to lose her/him. I love to eat chicken, but I'd rather see her go to a good home. If my suspicions are correct, I would appreciate some advice from you seasoned chicken veterans. When I figure out how to post photos I will do so. Thanks.