Well my efforts to get a rooster for the last three months has been for naught. The last little chick I was raising as roo has turned out to be a little girl. So now in my backyard flock I have twelve girls. That is a couple more than I was orginally thinking of but you know chicken math. I was really wanting a rooster even if just for the sound he provides. How important is it to have a roo for my flock? My coop is 8x8. My run Is 8x16. They can't free range as I only have a half acre. I have second uncovered run that I let them out in about 45 minutes before sunset. It is about 8x10. If hens go broody are they hard to live with without fertile eggs? What are the benefits and setbacks to having a rooster in the lot? I have friend that has one if I want it. Lead me which way yall think I should go. Do I want 13 chickens in that small of plot?