A friend gave me 3 adult Rhode Island red chickens, he raised them in a group of 35 chickens. He thought he had all hens. He is not a chicken watcher but cares for them, collects eggs and that is it. I took them home and never got 3 eggs on one day!! I had them from mid August 2014 and still have them. About 2 weeks ago, I notice one chicken had spurs!! Now I thought, Growing up on a farm, I am not sure but I only saw spurs on roosters; so I thought I will have check this out, but before I could find the time, I saw that chicken mount a hen and breed her, what I thought was Martha was really Mark!! Mark never crows and that was why my benefactor never knew he had a rooster! Nor did I !! I have 6 Rhode Island red hens that are 6 months old and one has started to lay and in the laying box provided. But I have not seen Mark do anything but peck at them when they try to eat from the same feeder!! They are starting to grow combs so I do not know if I need to give Mark a shot of whiskey to get him going?? I wonder if no crowing indicates low male performance ??