Hi! New to raising chickens and when trying to research how to tell Barred Rock pullets from cockerals I am finding the same infomation posted, (small symetric head spot, darker in color and black on legs)-sometimes stating this is charcteristic of pullets other posting show this is a characteristic of cockerals. Help! I have 5 BR (4 that are 4 days old and 1 that is 2 wks old), 2 cochins (2 wks old) and 1 Polish top hat mix (2 wks old). What personality characteristics and appearance should I look for when hoping I chose females? Also, if I end up with multiple roo's, is it safe to have multiple roosters in the same coop/pasture if I have enough hens? We are converting (almost done!) part of our mini horse barn into a coop (aprox 12 x 22 ft) and creating a fenced run outside for them as well (870 sq ft). So I have enough space to add adult hens to even out the hen/roo population if needed. (I wanted to start with a dozen for now while I learn, and add in the spring as I came across breeds/hens of interest). Also, living in the country, hoping to discover if I've been a safe enough "fortress" from all the wild life (racoons, bald eagles, hawks, fox, badgers, bear, coyotes, snakes, hunting dog, barn cats-ugh-can I ever keep them safge?) before adding to the population. Any advice or help would be appreciated.