That is the question. My mom has been wanting chickens for a while now and last week I surprised her with 4 little pullets. She had her little coop & supplies already, but for various reasons hadn't taken the plunge & bought the birds yet. Since she's never had chickens before & it's getting on towards summer, I decided to go with slightly older pullets rather than new little peeps. They're supposedly 6-8 weeks old, but I think the smallest is a bit younger. Because I wanted older chicks, I ended up not getting the breeds I went to the farm planning to get, but I ended up with a red sex link, a Silver Laced Wyandotte, a brown Danish Leghorn and a white Plymouth Rock. While my mom is quite enamored with her new friends, she's set on getting a rooster. I don't really see the need as she doesn't plan to hatch any chicks, but in her mind, her little flock isn't complete without a rooster. I would rather she get a fifth hen-in-training. Are there any benefits of having a rooster? She says she won't mind crowing and they live outside of town so no noise or other animal-related ordinances. If she does get a rooster, would it be best to get one the same age as the girls, or younger?