I will be placing my first order for chicks and I need some help. The breeder asked if I wanted to order all hens or straight run. At a day old, how does he tell if the chicks are male or female? The breeds I have chosen are: Golden and Silver laced Wyandottes, Buff Chantelacer(sp?), Speckled Sussex and Americaunas. I want to end up with 36 hens for next October. I do have more space in the warmer months with my chicken tractors. I will also want 25 meat birds. Should I just order straight run and use the roosters as my meat birds? Would they be big enough? Or should I order hens? Jennifer.