So I have never had RIR's before and got 2 as chicks from my local farm supply. We found one was a rooster when we slept with the windows open and heard him crowing. We looked and one clearly has a spiked feathers on his tail. We traded him yesterday for a NH red laying hen. To our surprise the other hen is also a rooster! We are past the disbelieve of getting 2 roosters from hundreds of chicks that were supposed to be all female. We never planned on having roosters but we are wondering if we do keep him what can we expect? He is 18 weeks old and is stilled chased around by the year and half old hens as part of the pecking order. I am guessing he will be "spreading his seed" soon enough and will eventually get all the girls. Will this have any effect on egg production? Will I have a bunch of broody hens? I gather eggs and refrigerate daily so what will fertilized eggs look like? My wife likes the idea of keeping him as my flock (7 hens/1 rooster) free ranges the 1/2 acre backyard and we do have a hawk and neighborhood cats. Oh yeah, roosters are also, technically, illegal in my town but I am not too worried about that.