So, my EE cockerel was supposed to have a new home yesterday, but the guy was a no-show....all things happen for a reason, right? So, everyone keeps telling me I should have at least one roo...I have 8 pullets/hens...and live just outside the city. I am not sure if his crowing (he just began practicing yesterday) will really bother anyone. The other thing: I have a coop and a detached, covered with wire run. Right now, I keep older hens that are laying in the run (with a nesting box), as they are newer to the flock and mature. Everyone else stays in the coop for now...and occasionally I will split the run in half with some wire and let the others out of the coop to forage. I just can't watch the neck pecking...and suppose I will continue this until the rest of the flock, 8-17 weeks, matures, and they can all defend themselves. So, the alpha hen and Chocolate, the cockerel, face off across that wire all the time. Do I need a roo, when all I really want is eggs? I don't see them going to free range, as I have so many beautiful, hungry looking hawks hovering over the property all the time.