Note to self...If you've got roosters and don't want more chickens, you'd better collect the eggs. My girlfriend is downsizing her flock of 20+ Black Australorps that her boyfriend got as peeps last year from McMurray. Long story short, 20+ is too many chickens for her, so we've been frantically building. So far, so good, but the coop still needs a door and windows and we've got to finish the run. The plan WAS to drive from NC to MD at the end of January and pick up the pullets. They're already laying, but still really young - it seemed perfect. She just sent me the picture above and asked if we wanted peeps instead. Oh my! What do I do now?? I'm not set up for peeps. And I've read for countless hours on BYC about chicken husbandry - but nothing about raising peeps. Nothing at all so far. Of course, I'm going to start reading posts right away, but I wanted to get some advice from you first. Would you do it? Would you get the peeps? They're sooooo cute! And we could handle them and get them used to being held. Of course we won't be able to keep the roosters because they're not allowed in our neigborhood. First cock-a-doodle-do and it's off to freezer camp for you, buddy. So we might end up with fewer hens than we'd originally planned. But, they're awfully cute.... Can you sex BA chicks? And anyone know how to do it? My poor girlfriend. Her BF doesn't live at her place anymore, another long story, so he doesn't look after the chickens as much as he used to. That's why they're downsizing. Or at least thought they were downsizing. She's seen 5 peeps, but thinks there are at least another 5 peeps in there. Okay, another question: if we took the peeps, could we take the mom and another pullet so mom wouldn't be lonely? Could we take babies and grown ups together? And how would that work? Would the mom chicken let us close to the peeps? I'm a total chicken novice, so please forgive my ignorance. Any suggestions, fellow BYCers? Thanks in advance!