The UPDATE: Some of you will remember my post about the chick that wasn't growing like the others. Well they are now just over 2 weeks old (we got them from Ideal on the 20th of June) Well, I am pleased to report that she is still with us and beginning to grow!! I have to thank you all for your advice! It turns out that she just wasn't aggressive enough to forge her own path to the feeder, apparently. I followed the advice of many and immediately acquired a new (LARGER) feeder and also seperated her out with her own bowl of mush made from the chick starter and a couple of drops of Poly-Vi-Sol and water. She sat there and ate for a solid 35 minutes, then just kinda sat back on her haunches and looked at me like I hung the moon. Well naturally this required some ego intervention on her part so it was decided that she needed a GRAND name since she was so small and had fought so hard to keep going So..... LADIES AND GENTLEMEN AND CHILDREN OF ALL AGES IT IS MY PLEASURE AND GREAT HONOR TO INTRODUCE YOU TO THE ONE THE ONLY.......THE DUTCHESS PENGI!(she is on the right, the small one) The Pengi part was from my roommates insistance that she somehow have "Penguin" in her name because that is what she looks like (sorta). She has become my little buddy so the name THE DUTCHESS GILLIGAN(little buddy reference here) was tossed around (but didn't last for very long) She now sits on her own little dish twice a day to eat her mush and, fling it everywhere. I know when she is full as she will climb off her dish onto my chest/belly (shirt) and proceed to take her perch on my shoulder Where we then watch t.v. for a bit then off to bed(she in the brooder and I in my bed). And the pox on everyone.... No one told me that at only two weeks old I would be walking into the store room to find the big guy on the right in the photo (I am thunking roo!) sitting up on the edge of the brooder looking down over the other chicks!!!!! I could never have dreamed that they could grow this fast! Not just once, but I walked in to find him on the side of the brooder twice this evening! Now how am I supposed to keep them all safe and contained if they are going to do this this early? I guess I gotta get off my duff and get that coop/run finished huh? I cannot believe how big they all are (except for THE DUCHESS of course!) So a pox on you all for not warning us new owners just what to expect!!!!!!! Or was I just absent the day the warnings went out? Anyone wanting to hazard a guess on breed or gender of either chick pictured is welcomed to do so! I am still at a loss as to the breeds of about 60 % of the 25 chicks I got in the assortment from Ideal. I am incredibly pleased however as they are all great birds and very healthy and GROWING!!!!!