Originally Posted by hdowden
all in all im 100% sure those are cockerels due to their coloring, feather development, and comb. cockerels are the only ones that will develop that deep dark red on the wings like that. they will also have 2 long curved tail feathers called sickle feathers, then theres the saddles at the base of the tail which on a cockerel will be long slender and pointed and the hackles (neck feathers) will be the same way on a cockerel.
Most of us learned the hard way about TOO many roosters ! In my first order of straight run chicks, there were 6 females out of 26. I learned how to process and eat roosters at that point. after all in the farms days that is exactly what happened.
But I really wanted to comment on "top dog" or main rooster. If you have a flock with only hens, you will see that the top hen will take on the role of top rooster. In a mixed flock, the top rooster will be in charge of safety and maintainting order. If you only have a few hen it is not so good to have more than one male. The best ratio is one male to ten hens. As soon as they are mature, you may want to make or purchase some cloth saddles for the girls or they will become bald. And last of all if you keep the white cockerel as your top male and if he does have some Leghorn in his mix, this may in the long run help with egg production because leghorns were raised as "production" birds. But in general easter eggers are good layers anyway. I really like my easter eggers and several other mixed breeds. My Marans easter eggers are good producers of olive eggs.
teach619 Very nice flock to start out with. Too bad about all of the males but then that aspect of raising a flock is not unusual. good luck !