Hello everyone! I am so glad to have found this site! There seems to be a wealth of information and loads of knowledgeable chicken owners/parents that seem so helpful. I live with my loving/enabling DH, 4 beautiful kiddos, 2 Belgian draft horses, and now a brand spankin' new flock of lovely chickies!!! (We very recently lost our super sweet English Mastiff, and are looking for a new family dog). We have wanted chickens for many years, read up on them for a while, dreamt of the perfect flock, and after what feels like eternity, we finally ordered our first chicks and they just came last Tuesday (29th)!!!! Woo-hoo! We wanted a variety of chickens for a pretty flock and a lovely carton of colored eggs, add that to the 25 minimum for ordering, and the "free rare chick" and we ended up with 26 chicks!!! lol! Since we are beginners, does that make us crazy??? We ordered some for their beauty, some for the color of their eggs, and some because we loved the "classic" look. Then, a few days after delivery, we actually went to a local breeder to get 4 more chicks (the same age, give or take a couple days) so we could get some of the more elusive egg colors (I really wanted the chocolate and blue eggs, too). My mom is already calling me the crazy chicken lady! I have to say I love them all already! This is the flock I have been dreaming of! After needless worry over it, we were able to fairly quickly identify all of them (9 different breeds, including the rare chick). They are soo cute and have been so fun! We named them all immediately, too. But I would really love to know if they will keep any of their current markings? Will we still be able to tell who's who as they grow their feathers? Also, we ordered pullets, but I know the hatchery sexing is only 90% (or so) accurate, has that been everyone's experience? Should I expect about 2-3 of the chicks to be roos then? I have many questions, but I will pace myself, so this doesn't end up as long as a book that no one wants to read, lol! Anyway, I am so excited to get to know all of you! And look forward to learning all that I can from anyone willing to share their chicken wisdom!! And in case you were curious: That's: * 9 Easter Eggers (Sold as arcaunas, but read they are really EE's; we ordered 10, but one didn't make it) - Goldielocks, Daisy Mae, Dottie, Fluffennugget, Chicklets, Olive oil, Road Runner & Cupcake - Marshmallow (the only yellow one and so fluffy!) * 4 Blue Andalusians (We ordered three, but they sent an extra one free) - Pixie (pale/silvery) - Trixie (lt grey) - Bluebell (med. grey, really hoping this one is blue ) - Fancy (dark grey) ...now, I can't wait to see which are actually blue! Any guesses??? * 2 Silver Laced Wyandottes - Miss Lacey & Miss Gracie * 2 Rhode Island Reds - Caramel & Little Red (the little red hen) * 2 Barred Rocks - Sweettart & Roxie * 2 Buff Orpingtons - Buttercup & Honeybun * 2 Black Australorps - Zoe & Pineapple (you'd have to know my kids, to get these names....) * 1 Lt Brahma - Pearl since she is white and will have a "necklace" (BTW, ordered 2, but sadly lost one, a real tear jerker as I really wanted these beautiful Brahamas) * 1 Buff Laced Polish! - Disco - since they are so "flashy"(Sometimes referred to as Puff Daddy Disco Dinner, for the poufy head and likelyhood to be a roo since it was free. However, if it turns out to be a hen, we think we will call her Miss Ohio, since she is so grande! But DD says he/she will always be Disco to her. lol) And the more recently added (from local breeder): Those are: * 2 Marans - Blue - Reepicheep, from Narnia - Black Copper - Henny Penny * 2 Americaunas - 1 Blue - Saphira, for the dragon in Eragon - 1 Black - Sweet Pea And now the whole flock together today, about one week old (Well actually two aren't pictured, they were being held while I toook this pic. Quite often there is someone holding one chick or another!): Here's to hoping for all hens and no Roos!!! Either way, this is going to be one wild ride!!!