My DH and I have our first five chickens, 3 weeks old now, and purchased as day old (they all are supposed be and so far appear to be pullets). While our coop and run (fully enclosed) will easily handle 8-10 chickens, we have no intention of succumbing to chicken math any time soon; we want to make sure we really get a good handle on this raising chickens thing, first. So while we may add to our flock a little down the road, we definitely don't have plans for hatching our own eggs or have any use for fertile eggs. We're just doing this for the sake of interest, the fact that we love all sorts of animals, and to have the satisfaction of getting our own eggs. While I am in no way opposed to eating chicken, I am pretty certain that I could not process and eat our chickens (or any chicken we ever have)...I am already waaaaay to attached. So all of that said, roos intrigue me....a lot. I have very little personal experience with any roos, though. I know they can range from attack-demons-from-hell to sweet-gentle-mcflufferkins, and absolutely anywhere in between. Our run is secure enough that we have no need of a rooster for protection (and know that they don't afford all that much, anyway). Our chickens will also never be out of their run without my DH or I out in the yard with them. I know they make a ton of noise, but that is not a problem where we live (and I already had one neighbor ask me why we didn't have a rooster ). When I bring up potentially getting a roo, my DH smiles and rolls his eyes and doesn't commit either way. And while I have no intention of acquiring a roo any time soon, there is something in the back of my mind that wants to at some point. Is that a notion that I would be better off squashing right now, or something that isn't an absolutely terrible idea based on everything else I mentioned?