This is my first year with chickens. We have don this slowly and what most people would consider wrong. I have had tons of scoffs, funny looks and people telling me im not doing it right. Whatever. I am learning as we go. I have happy chickens that like me. So everything is good. But I keep running into things that confuse me. So I thought I would ask some questions here and see what you all say. First a bit about my flock. I started the season with 6 fluffy chicks. We had an old plastic dog house and my ex-employer was getting rid of a run he built and never got to use. This changed my coop ideas from a tractor to a stationary coop and run. We have been buying materials a bit at a time for the coop. The chicks finally went outside and have been living in the dog house inside the run. I attached a fabric flap to the door and spread wood chips on the floor. We know this will not work all year. its just to get them outside while we get the real coop built. There are tree limb roosts in the run for them and they all happily squeeze into the dog house at night. In fact I am glad the coop was started this weekend. The dog house has to be getting small with all of them getting so big. When we placed the chickens outside one of my chickens was making strange noises. Turns out she is a he. This last week another chicken walked up to me and crowed. " lady I would like you to know im a boy!". Oh my , now I have two. There has been excessive crowing and this must be the answer. My all white rooster has been lead up til now but I want to keep the americana rooster. I had hoped to pick out a fancy rooster. Will removing the dominant rooster cause any issues? I am down to 4 hens. .... I think. I hope I dont have any more roosters. My first hen started laying last week. a whole month earlier than expected. I cant tell for sure who but obviously an americana due to the gray/green eggs. But on day 4 the eggs was light beige. ....ummmm. I looked all over for a second egg and never found one. I thought the chicken would only lay one color? Am I wrong? What is happening here? are two laying and I missed an egg? They have been providing an easter egg hunt for me daily trying to hide the egg from me. Down to 4. Can I let one chicken keep an egg and hatch it? How dose that go? Will she still lay? will she sit on it? will the others attack the baby? Is it too late in the season to do that? Thanks for any answers.