So, I've NEVER ha a rooster before... Until now. We just got 3 new baby chicks, (A Rhode Island Red, Barred Rock, and White Ameraucana) They turned 4 days old today. (got them yesterday) We found out our little Peanut (the RIR) is a cockerel! We were hoping for all hens, but we ended up with a rooster, and don't know if we will give it away or what, but I have a few questions if we do end up keeping Peanut! (Hopefully so!) Questions about laying: 1) How do you tell if an egg has a chick in it? I know this seems like a dumb question, but I've never had this happen before. :/ 2) Do I NEED an incubator if we get chicks? I don't think I do, because I'm pretty sure the hens will warm it theirselfs, but a question I need to ask. 3) Do I need to help the chick getting out of an egg? Questions about Peanut: 4) When will a rooster start crowing? 5) Will the rooster (even though we have older hens) instantly go to the top of the pecking order? Those are just a few questions... thank you and sorry if they sound like they have obvious answers... Remember this is my first time owning a rooster.