I am new here, but not totally new to backyard chickens. We are on our second flock of hens, still waiting for them to start laying. The first group of hens we hatched out over 5 years ago and they just weren't keeping up with demand and had all sorts of defects. This time we started with 13 week old pullets, they seem to be a bit hardier and more well bred than their predecessors, but are taking their own sweet time to start laying. I figure as the days get longer they will fall in line. Our local rules allow 6 hens and no roosters, we have 2 Australorps, 2 New Hampshires and 2 Rhode Island reds. I am certain 1 Rhode Island is a rooster, but at 6 plus months he hasn't crowed. Actually hoping he doesn't, then he can stay. Has anyone ever had a rooster that never crowed?