Our attempts to build a micro flock of 3 hens has been challenging - our "pullets" keep turning out to be "roos!" We hatched 15 chicks back in July and kept 2. We also got a couple of silkies of unknown sex. Shortly after they arrived, the older silkie started to crow. Oops. He went off with the other chicks to their home farm. Two weeks ago, I suspected one of the chicks we kept (my favorite of course) might be a cockerel. I posted here, everyone confirmed my fears, and he started crowing the next morning. He was traded out for his sister. That brings me to Lucy. Lucy is 10 weeks old, from an EE roo and (Ancona?) - basically a mutt. My concern is the long green tail feathers growing in - the last time I saw those, the chicken in questions started crowing a week later. But don't these saddle feathers look rounded to you? Also, she is making the same noises the last one did just before he started to crow. Her comb is becoming a deeper pink - not outright red though. She is the alpha "hen" - the other two are very timid (especially the silkie - who I think is a pullet - no comb to speak of at 4 months so that's a good sign - - isn't it. She's also the dumbest creature I've ever known (said with love, of course - I really do adore her). The silkie roo we ended up with is sharp as a tack and is currently the top roo over the chicks we hatched - he only gets another 2 weeks with them until the chicks get moved to the main flock - and the silkie roo gets a rabbit as a friend - anyone think that will work? Guess it's my friend's problem, but I'd like to see him happy! I digress...) So what do you think- pullet or cockerel? Thanks in advance for your input. And for fun - Clarabelle (the silkie) and Sophie (who was another favorite chick - we're glad to have her back).