My neighbors have 7 chicks, about 5 weeks old, and one is a little roo, a Barred Rock. They don't want to keep him and keep trying to convince me to take him, or help them find someone else who will. I thought perhaps we would end up with one roo out of our 14 chickens and so far, none! I have 7 week old chicks I could put the little guy in with, but I'm not sure if I have to worry about quarantine issues with a bird that young? Or that the older chicks might hurt him, he's just a hair smaller than the smallest of my chicks. At first I thought I didn't want a roo, just hens, but now I'm wavering, since I wouldn't mind not going the "raise chicks in a brooder" route in the future and let some broodies do the work for me. Can you help me make up my mind? What are the pros and cons to have a rooster? I have 14 hens, and don't really plan on free ranging, but may do some moveable paddocks. Noise is not a real issue for us, we are on 2.5 acres and rural, the same neighbors also have 3 sheep. Are all roosters mean or hard on the hens?