Okay, so now it's been a few months since my alpha rooster died. All 4 of his male offspring are at least 6 months old, and while they defend the flock, not one will crow or mate my hens. I hate it. I miss hearing that barbaric yawp all day (I've taken to walking down our laneway and loitering until I hear the neighbors' guy in the morning). Today, I think I hear a terrible excuse for a beginning crow. But it sounded kind of like a crow!!! So I turn around, and the only chook in that area is my Sicilian Buttercup hen, who coming out of this molt has also decided to grow spurs. I also haven't seen an egg from her since she stopped molting. It kind of seems like she's decided to switch teams, doesn't it? I am having a hard time believing that with 4 roosters, even if they're dweebs, she'd feel the need to switch genders, especially since she's not all that higher in the pecking order, but no eggs + crowing + spurs (but no saddle feathers) on a hen? I don't know about this.