Hello fellow chicken lovers, About 3 months ago I acquired 16, one to 2 week old chicks from a backyard chicken owner in my area. I went into this venture green and now as a result my chickens may have to suffer. During the transaction I asked for one rooster and the rest hens. Not knowing of course the ability to determine the sex of a bird was not that easy. I was never informed of this by the seller either. Anyway, now I am faced with the possibility of as high as a 1:1 ratio. I love all of my birds and I am having difficulty even entertaining the thought of killing them because of their gender. The flock gets along well right now they always want to be together. No excessive fighting even among the males. They are large breeds, colchins, wyandottes, brahma's and orpingtons. They are healthy and beautiful, with their own distinct personalities. If I had been more informed maybe I could have avoided this situation. Hind sight is 20/20. Has anyone ever heard of this situation, if so any advice would be greatly appreciated!