I am new to raising chickens and am looking for some advice on how to manage my first flock. In September, we got 9 orpington chicks. 2 of them didn't make it. Our hope was that all of them would be hens. Of the 7 we have left, we are fairly sure that 4 are roos. I know there is no way a flock with 4 roos and 3 hens will work. I wish it would because I hate to think of getting rid of any of them.
They are approaching 4 months of age and I need to decide what to do. They all get along okay now. I see some minor confrontations but I think it is really all show and them just figuring out who is "top dog".
I would appreciate any advice. When we started our flock, we really intended to have about 5 or 6 hens and no roosters. Now here I am with what appears to be 4.