I just placed my very first ever chick orders. I ordered some from McMurray and a few from Ideal. This may have been a newby mistake, but I ordered one of these, one of those, two of that one, etc. etc. What I'm reading here is that most people don't really know who's who until the kids start to grow up. Is that the case? I ordered an assortment of heavy cockerels for meat in addition to the pullets and a couple of roosters that I want to keep. Will I be able to tell them apart by the time I'd want to butcher the meat birds? I'd hate to accidentally get rid of the wrong birds. With the exception of the meat assortment, I ordered pretty distinctive breeds (standard cochins and such, but not all feather-footed). I guess my question boils down to how soon can you really tell sex and breed, not being an expert?