We bought six Rhode Island Red chicks at Rural King at the first of March, so they are around 3 months old. We had an amazing large coop built, have enjoyed them, but we are worrying that we might have at least 2 roosters. Or maybe 5! Please see photos. Effie seems to obviously be a rooster. She crows, is the largest, and most aggressive. She has two tail feathers that flare out. Zipporah (also crows) had the same types of tail feathers until Effie pulled them out yesterday. Checkers, Rhoda, and Atilla all have thick green feathers that indicate they are roosters, but they don't crow or act aggressive. It's strange that 2 are alike, 3 are alike, and we have 1 (Nene) that is certainly a hen. If we do have 5 roosters and have to take them to a farm, how can we add 2 or 3 hens that are the same age as Nene? We are really upset because we were supposed to have pullets, and we are attached to all of them. Thank you to anyone who can advise us.
One year of experience as a mother 2 five hens (RIR, BJG, BR, SLW, EE) and three cats, three college kids, and married to an old rooster.
Artist and animal lover. IU Hoosier.