Protecting your small flock of hens can be more challenging that you would anticipate. You have predators, disease and even a lack of food if they are free-ranging. This is when you may want to have some advice on qualities to look for in a good rooster to help your hens out in all of these aspects.
The first thing you need to look for in your rooster is how protective they will be for your hens. Typically when you are ordering your rooster from the hatchery, they will let you know how the rooster will interact with the other chickens. Hence, you will know if they will protect your hens or if they will be scared of them.