I have had a lot of chickens over the last seven years. (some are Silkies and I would love more!)
They are in a closed coop at night, but free range off the property during the day. I live in a jungle in Costa Rica so losses due to predators are high. I let some of my chickens go broody and have fairly frequent new chicks, half of which turn out to be roosters. There is a local man who comes and takes away the extra roosters. The last time he came, I caught seven roosters and put them into one closed coop. awaiting the young man's arrival. The roosters escaped before the man could take them away. When he returned a few nights later, we could only identify and catch four roosters. That left three. None of them crowed yet, but one was quite large. It is a fat orange iridescent one. No downward tail feathers yet and the legs not as long as some roosters. The next morning I caught him crowing. I do not see him acting rooster-ish at all! and yesterday he was clucking like a hen! The other two roosters are avoiding me! Once caught, twice shy?
Oh yes and I have two black hens Who may or may not be gay, but they co-parent every time. They sit and hatch together and share the chicks. In some of the earlier hatches some chicks were lost when there was fighting between the two hens.
Edited by Beamer's human - 11/20/15 at 4:52am