https://rockies.craigslist.org/grd/d/chicken-cockerel-free/6423287070.html I have been considering adding a male to my flock and as we all know there are boys that pop up regularly needing a home or else they become dinner. I am new to chickens. I currently have 5 pullets (approximately 9 months), all large fowl, no bantams. One is laying, one is squatting, the rest are waiting for longer daylight hours I presume. All are healthy. Currently all the girls get along. I am somewhat afraid to upset the balance. I think my big question is about how to choose a good boy to add in with them? What criteria do you use? Does it matter his age or breed or size? (I'm not interested in breeding) There are plans next summer for an expanded run, but this will be less predator proof than their existing small fully enclosed run. This is one of the reasons I'm thinking of adding a rooster into the mix. When this bigger yard is ready for them, I think his protection would be beneficial. Would it be better to wait until summer when they have more space, new territory, more entertainment, more distraction? Are chickens territorial? Is there a better chance of them getting along if introduced on neutral ground when I first give them the new yard? Does it matter if there are no other males? Is 5 ladies enough for one rooster? There are no plans to add more ladies to my flock. There are limits to how many birds I can have where I live, however a rooster is permitted. How loud will he really be? Will my neighbors hate me? So many questions. Any and all input is greatly appreciated. I will not be upset or offended if everyone says don't get a rooster it's a bad idea. I want to do what's best for my girls, which is why I'm asking before doing anything at all, regarding this cockerel I found near me or any other potential rooster in the future.