Hello everyone. I am investigating the possibilty of raising some backyard chickens for eggs. I'm trying to get as much information as I can before I committ to keeping them. I want to be informed before I start working on my husband! This may be a stupid question, as I am new to all of this. I have looked into the animal ordinance in my town and chickens would be permitted (contained animals that do not bother the neighbors are allowed) but I don't think I can keep roosters because of the noise. Can you buy just hens? Can they be identified by sex as chicks? I would hate to get a rooster and have to get rid of it. Please forgive my ignorance, I'm trying to learn as much as possible. Thanks!