ok, we're going to have a free-range flock of chickens (we only have a few chicks right now, but will be getting more) and from what i've found on the internet, it says to have 2 roosters. my mother-in-law, who has raised chickens before, said not to have a rooster, because, a) they're mean and will attack my 4 year old, b) i shouldn't sell fertilized eggs, and c) they force the hens to lay in the woods instead of in the nest boxes. her advice was to just buy new pullets every spring (which seems to me would get pricey. i'd like a self-perpetuating flock, which requires a rooster, but i also don't want the problems my mother-in-law described. i know that there are mild(er)-mannered roosters, but i'd like people's opinions on selling/eating fertilized eggs and if a rooster influences where the hens lay thanks!