I have 11 hens that are a year old and 12 little chickies that are 8 weeks old. I have never had a rooster and didn't think I ever wanted or needed one. My boyfriend ( who is becoming quite the chicken farmer despite his original distaste for chickens) wants to get one for flock protection... Plus he thinks they are cool! I have misgivings. Do my girls really need to be harassed by a rooster? I told him I'd check and see if there was any particular breed that was known for roosters with better temperaments. Also, since my girls are in 2 different age brackets, is it better to get a rooster around the age of my older girls or is it better to get a cockerel? I have children so I am worried about a ornery rooster spurring them! What do you all think? Thanks! Heather Ps. How would having a rooster affect the pecking order? My head girl maintains a tight ship. Would she fight him for dominance? Just wondering!