The family has just started our chicken farm with a group of what we thought was 12 pullets. We lost 1 the first night. The other chiks pushed him out of the heat. Another was lost Monday. The rest are doing great and are already trying to flap their wings. We have discovered that 4 of the pullets are rues. We wanted to have 10 hens for laying and would worry about getting a rue layer, but we already love the boys. The original chiks are 6 days old today, an we picked up 5 more pullets. Sexed them ourselves this time since the place before gave us so many males. Hoping now we have 11 hens for our 4 rues. We have 6 black astie's, one is a rue. 3 buff orphinton's, one is a male. 3 New Hampshire reds, one male. And 3 isa browns, one is male. Waiting for them to get close to same size before we mix them together. The children have been enjoying caring for them when we remind them. Playing with them is always on their mind, just not cleaning the brooder. We have 2 dogs we have been working on sensitizing them to the chiks. They mostly just want to taste them. we are not trying to sensitize the cats to them. They really like chicken.