I'm not sure where to put this, but I figured this section would be the best. I just picked up 3 "$3.00" hens last night. Someone was selling off their factory golden sexlinks for winter, and I figured I'd pick up a few just to add to my layers. Well the birds were being kept "as per industry standards" and they're missing 1/3 of their body feathers, all of their tail feathers, and they're very tiny and thin. They got to free-range for the first time today, which I think they enjoyed Anyways, the "girls" were hatched Feb. 2012. They became accustomed to me enough to approach me today and I noticed for the first time that one of them has 1" spurs. Does this guarantee that I have a rooster? "Her" comb and wattles are a little on the tight side. I only got one egg from them, which doesn't surprise me after the move, so I can't judge based on that. If she's a he, am I going to have to butcher or rehome him? I've already got a 6 month old buff orpington rooster who's at least 3x the size. I don't think 7 girls are enough to keep the 2 males from fighting over them... Although the buff orpington will only breed my equally huge HR Red girls, none of the little girls.