Pros and cons of keeping a rooster? I've heard they can be dangerous, but that is mostly from old hippie farmers' children who certainly weren't choosing breeds or hand raising chicks. I know they will help to keep the hens in check and can at least sound the alarm of danger. I will be embarking on this endeavor with two young children so their safety is priority, seconded only by the safety of the flock. Oh, and I have heard that keeping a rooster can lead to baby chicks. Not sure how that works.