I have just started this whole chicken thing this year. We got 10 chicks (5 buff orpingtons and 5 EE's). We lost one to some strange chicken thing and one of out buffs was a rooster and really mean so he went to freezer camp. We decided to cull down to 6 hens. A friend of mine purchased two (a buff and and EE) just last week. All the chicks are about 18 weeks and the wattles and combs are really getting red. My friend just called up and said that the EE is starting to crow. Shouldn't I have known by now if one is a rooster or not? The EE's are all the same size and the combs are all the tiny pea comb thing. No big obvious comb or tail feather. Nothing like the Buff that was our rooster. Should I just tell her to wait a bit or what? I feel really bad. We're not allowed roosters in our area.