I got 7 pullets from the tractor supply one week ago today and they all seem to be different ages. My 3 leghorns are about the same size/age. I have no idea how to tell how old these ladies are. Can anyone help? Then there's this gorgeous Red??? New Hampshire ?? PureRIR?? Some sort of mix? Can anyone tell? Is she the same age as her leghorn friends? Next are my other two reds, who look more alike, except for the curious dot on the head of one. They look to be about the same age as the other red, and being a red-head myself, I can tell you, all 3 are full of personality! The one in front is the one with the dot, if that tells you anything. My little red: Keeping in mind I have now had her for 7 days, and she came with a big ol' pasty bottom, she doesn't seem to be growing as fast, and I can't tell if she's young, a runt, a young runt, or a stunt. Any thoughts? She seems to be getting feathers on her wing tips. And, last, but not least are 2 birds that we haven't brought home yet, but their owner was nice enough to send us an easter pic. I believe the top one is definitely a silkie, but do not know if there is a "type" of silkie she/he is likely to be? I suppose the shot is too far away to tell gender, if they are even old enough. I have no idea about the bottom bird. I am not sure about the ages of these birds either, but the bottom one looks bigger. Not a clue about genders on these. The women who got them wasn't certain on breeds because she never intended to keep them. She picked them up on a whim for a little neice and now is ready to pass them along. We should have the coop/run ready by the end of the week, and we'll adopt them then and have better pics! They will be much tamer than the girls we have because I think the current owners have been much more active in spending time with them, whereas we have been much too busy building a coop! Plus I have two little boys (5 and 3) so we haven't really let them hold our birds for fear of them hurting the birds, or getting sick from them. Plus, I don't want to get pooped on - that is to say, I'll tolerate the chicken poop, as long as I choose when I have to be in contact with it! So, that ends the questions, except for these final two: Will the silkies get a long with the other birds in coop-dom? And if, perchance, one of the silks is a rooster, what could that mean for any potential chicks in the future? We got all hens because we were interested in eggs, naturally. But if we do end up with a rooster (its a 50/50 shot times 2) and we decide for a chick or two, is that even possible? (We would not be looking to have more layers, necessarily, just curious) Thanks, in advance for all the input.