So are the Lavender Orpingtons like my White Leghorns in that you can tell the roos from the pullets by around age 6 weeks? I know my leghorn roos had much larger combs that were red and wattles by the time they were that age and they started to crow shortly after that. Also I've heard that Orpington roos are gentle in nature - is that true for the whole or is it depending on the rooster? Will a younger Orpington rooster get along with an older White Leghorn rooster? I have a now 14 week old WL roo who is head of our outside flock of 4 pullets (one 14 week old white leghorn, three 11 week olds - Ancona & 2 unknowns possibly EEs) and I am wondering how it will be when I introduce my latest hatchlings in there in about a month. I would LOVE it to be all pullets in my brooder (please) and no issues with younger roosters versus older roosters, but my past experience tells me that most in my brooder will be roos and only a few will be pullets. I also have a 3 silkies in the brooder with my 5 lavenders and all are going to be 2 weeks old on Weds. When some of the silkies turn out to be roosters - will they merge in okay or will I have to get rid of them as well? UGH! All these issues - why can't I just have a 40 acre farm and let them all freerange and keep ALL the roosters! LOL!