I was supposed to have 7 girls (well, 8 - but then there was the incident with the neighbor's dog)... but one of my "girls" has started a two-tone crow each morning. I've read up on it and understand that girls can sometimes try to crow, especially in the absence of a roo, so I'm *really* hoping that this is the case. That being said, (s)he has developed a much more red comb and wattle than her sister - BUT, their tail and feathers seem identical. Oh, and I was told that they were black leghorns, but I'm thinking they might be brahmas because of their leg feathers. I am completely new to this whole chicken thing, and would really appreciate your opinions on their breed, and especially on the gender (roosters aren't allowed in my city).
What breed do you think they are? I'm pretty sure the red is rhode island and the yellows are buff orps, and I think the greyish ones are barred leghorns (?).
Oh, and one other thing.... all of them get up on the roost at night except for the red one. I have to go in once it gets dark and pick her up and put her with the others. She flaps her wings but just can't get any "lift". Is there something wrong with her? Or does this breed not usually have the ability to jump/"fly"?