Ok. I am new at all of this. I went and got 6 chicks that my children picked out. 2 are Rhode Island Reds I know for a fact. The other 4 I'm not sure about. 2 are black and lay brown eggs and the other 2 are speckled black and gray and the top of the head looks kinda cool like a wolf. Those 2 are supposed to lay different colored eggs. My question is if I have a rooster, and I'm not sure what I have yet, can they cross breed and if so what are the risks?? I will introduce them to the what is left of the gang, only 3, in a couple of weeks. I have 1 longhorn hen and the other two are white rocks and I think one is a rooster and the other is a hen. I'm not sure?? Isn't that terrible. How do you tell a rooster from a hen?? Those two do not have the claw coming out of the feet. That is the only thing I know to look for. What other signs can tell me what I have. The six chicks that I just got are only about 5 weeks old now.