I've been reading BYC threads until my eyes drop out and haven't found this covered: For flock protection, we're thinking of getting a rooster for the first time in 9 years. We like to free range, are currently without a dog after many years (hope to get a compatible one later), and suddenly have to contend with attacks by a coyote and a hawk. We have 7 older gals, 4-5 yrs old or more, some still laying: Anconas, BO, NHR, and a misc white. We also have 11 6-week old chicks (no roos): BR, SLW, GLW, NHR, WL, and BA. (They're not yet free ranging, and probably won't be until next year.) What age rooster/cockerel do you recommend we look for? We're clueless about roos, except for reading the excellent threads and extra pages/links suggested, such as by Rooster Red (thanks!!!) Any advice would be greatly appreciated!