I just bought a house in Roanoke City and have an extra lot next to us that I was hoping to put some chickens on. I have no experience raising chickens whatsoever, but am extremely motivated and the goal is to have 6 hens (maximum city allows) that will be for eggs. Was hoping to get them as chicks and raise them, but not sure if it is feasible to gaurantee only hens (city doesn't allow roosters). My questions are - - Since the city prohibits roosters and thus I need hens, is it possible to get hen chicks only? If not, at what age is the sex identified and thus hens gauranteed? - How do I figure out where to get the chicks, or if necessary, older hens locally? - Is there a season for buying hens/chicks. Thanks for any advice/help.