Hello All- Above is a picture of my "hen" Tristin. I purchased Tristen and 3 others as 3 day old chicks at my local feed store to add to my aging flock of hens that are slowing down in their egg production. From the very beginning, Tristen acted different than my other girls--always very plucky and bold. I suspected Tristen might be a roo when he was 4 weeks old so I started looking at this site and others for early ways to tell. Tristen would sit on my lap while I searched the web sites looking for reassurance that he was really a hen but the the reassurance quickly faded to dread that I might have to find a new home for my accidental rooster. Tristen had all the early signs-cherry red comb, pointed saddle feathers and long sickled tail feathers, top of the pecking order with the other chicks & now at 12 weeks of age he has started to crow. I live in the Tucson, AZ city limits and roosters are illegal so for the past week that he has been crowing I have been devising plans to subdue the crowing and be able to keep him. I have read about the vet in another state that de-crows roosters but shipping him out of a state for a risky procedure seems a bit cruel. I am not a vegatarian & I know the chicken that I eat did not arrive in my frying pan by osmosis but I must admit that Tristen is my favorite chicken and to kill him or give him to someone that will kill him just breaks my heart. Does anyone out there have a similar story? Any ideas, suggestions or comments would be greatly welcomed. I also have a few other rooster related questions; 1) Right now he crows about 3 times in a row early in the morning after I let him out of his coop then not a peep the rest of the day. Do roosters typically start out this way then start crowing more as they age? There are no other roosters around for him to compete with. 2) He is really curious and friendly but gives his girls a big pinch on the head for grins I guess on a pretty regular basis. Do roosters become mean with age? Thank you!