So you’ve decided to bring some chickens into your homestead family, congratulations!

But, since you came here. . .

You’re probably still debating on a rooster. And that’s perfectly understandable, it’s a big decision to make!

That’s the whole reason I made this post:

To help you weigh the pros and cons of having a rooster, and make that decision an easier one.

Homestead Rooster| Pros and Cons of having a rooster in your backyard flock.
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Pros of having a rooster:

To Guard

Roosters will act as a watchdog when it comes to their flock, keeping an eye out for impending danger.

If there’s a hawk flying overhead, waiting to snatch up one of your hens a rooster will sound the alarm and let them know to take cover. The same goes for any other predator that might sneak up.

This is especially good if your flock is ever free ranging. With a rooster around you hens can scratch and graze without worry, because he will be standing guard.

Protect

If any of those predators he’s been watching for get close, a rooster will also attempt to protect his flock by attacking.

Obviously a smaller rooster won’t be able to defend the flock like a very large rooster. And some predators will always be bigger than even the biggest roosters, but that doesn’t mean they wont go down without a fight.

The Buddy System

There’s safety in numbers and roosters will do their best to keep the flock together and round up any stragglers. A hen on her own is much easier for a predator to catch.

Fertilized Eggs

If you want to raise your own chicks, you will need a rooster.

While hens can most certainly lay eggs without a rooster around, they have to be fertile if you want them to hatch.

Mediator

Have bossy hens in your flock that like to pick on others? Roosters will often keep hens from fighting, keeping peace in the flock.

Cons:

Noise

Some people just don’t like hearing a rooster crow at the crack of dawn. . . I don’t know why.

But seriously, I grew up with chickens (and lots of roosters) in the back yard my whole life. I have never once woke up because of a rooster crowing. And I’m not a heavy sleeper, so take that for what its worth.

The noise may bother your neighbors though if you live in very close proximity to others.

Which brings me to my next point:

Legality

Some places actually have laws about owning roosters. So if you live in the city or anywhere you think this might affect you I would check it out.

Temperament

This is probably the biggest con people have against roosters:

They can be aggressive. Mean even.

Remember us talking about the protection thing? Yeah they take that seriously. . . So much so that they may attack you, your children, your other pets and even visitors.

That’s not something most people want in a rooster.

Not all roosters are aggressive, but several breeds are, and it’s an issue that turns a lot of people away from having a rooster.

While there are both pros and cons, if you really want a rooster the good will outweigh the bad. If you get an unmanageable rooster, try another. Possibly a more laid back breed.

Read: 6 Best Breeds of Rooster for Families

Made up your mind already? Have more pros or cons to share with us? Let us know in the comments!