My daughter's preschool class hatched eggs and we got the chicks. I realize that some of these chicks are bound to be roosters - and I am not allowed to have one. My daughter and one particular chick LOVE each other and I fear what will happen if it's a boy - she will be heartbroken when we have to get rid of him. So if I think there's a good chance that it is male, I'll start pushing one of the store bought pullets on her now to make it easier later. All I was told about breed is that the eggs came from a farm in upstate NY and that there were a variety of breeds there and for sure RIR (hen or roo, I don't know) and that there are some brown and some white(ish) eggs in the incubator but don't know which one this chick came out of. So I would assume it has to be cold-hardy good egg laying breeds, otherwise I can't imagine why a farmer would have them. The chick is 5 and 6 days old in the pictures, so I won't be surprised if way too young to make a good guess. If so, when should I repost pics to get a better guess? Also any suggestions on breed(s) would be appreciated.
Thanks so much - keeping my fingers crossed that "Apple" is a girl!!