So I have 16 pullets (supposedly, lol, I bought them as pullets from my local feed store - they order from one of the hatcheries so they're probably pretty accurate) and I'll need a roo. My plan was to get a grown roo from craigslist, one that has a good temperament and needs a home (rather than raising up a baby and hoping that he's nice). My pullets are just 2 weeks and 1 week old, but I'm planning ahead I plan to move them out to the coop (with heat, of course!) in the next week or so, to finish brooding them there while we work on their run. When is the right time to get a rooster? When the hens are grown and laying? When is it too soon to get one? My main reason for wanting a roo as soon as possible is as a hawk/eagle lookout. I plan to make them a huge run from electric poultry netting (approx 20' wide x 120' long, to approximate free ranging but with some predator protection via electric netting, and they can truly free range when we're home), with lots of hiding places, but they'll be uncovered so a rooster would be very helpful. Thanks!