Hi, I am a new member with a new backyard flock. I was given 4 hens and a rooster last week. I believe they are RIRs they are approximately 5 months old. I originally was supposed to get two laying hens to lay while my trio of BCMs in the brooder grow up some. I have to find something to do with the rooster; while I don't live in town, I do live in a subdivision where neighbors might not appreciate the noise. These are not my first chickens, I raised a barred rock rooster and him when I was 8 in 4H.