Hi folks, Stumbled upon your site while cruising online. I moved from a city to a 5.5acre lifestyle block in Awahuri, New Zealand, in January this year and have been keeping custody of my father-in-laws chickens. I have claimed the chicks that have been hatched since I started looking after them I moved from the city of Christchurch, New Zealand after there was an earthquake and we wanted to avoid the aftershocks. Thankfully we missed the biggest quake as a result. I live with my husband, 2 sons (Oct 2007 and Jan 2010), 2 cats, and 22 chooks (NZ slang for chickens). My F-I-L has: 5 ex-battery Brown Shavers 1 adult rooster, 7 well healed hens and 1 pullet (approx30wks) They look mostly like Rhode Island Reds but I have it on authority that their lineage is very mixed. It includes maybe bantam, shaver, something white (leghorn?/rock?), something black (Australorp?) and possibly something like barnevelder. I have: 7 x 19week juveniles (4 Barred Rocks roosters, and 3 juveniles from the rest of the flock) and one 21 week runt that I rescued from the weather who has been hand reared for a few weeks and fostered by the mother of the other 3 (despite the fact that she's nearly half their size). The runt I have named "Blondie" because she was a very pale chick and still is the palest chicken in the group. The non-barred ones are still gender indeterminate. None of them have started crowing and I have my suspicions about a couple of them, but nothing firm. I bought the Barred Rocks for meat and keeping one for breeding; my 3-year-old son has named the biggest one Joey Any hints welcome on how to pick the gender of birds in a really heterogeneous group where comb size and colour is a bit unpredictable.