Well, I became a member here and posted my introduction, so now I'll post my questions. I think this is a good place to start. A little history, which is actually a long story: My family went to a farmer's market. As we were leaving to head home (with no animals!!), my two-year-old daughter looked straight at a man and said plainly, "I want a baby chicken." He asked if he could sell us a chick and we said no. I let her get out of her wagon to look for a moment, and then we left him and walked through the crowd toward the gate. We were quite a distance from him, and my daughter was on one of those tether straps attatched to my arm so that she wouldn't run loose or get into anything. I felt a pull on the tether and looked back, and the man was handing my daughter a baby chick. Then he ran off. My husband was already at the gate with his arms full of purchases and was hollering for me to come on, but he didn't know what had just happened. I helped my daughter take the chick to her daddy, who was upset that I had gotten her a chick anyway. By the time I sorted out with him what had actually happened, he had grown fond of the little peeper, and decided that we should just keep it. Neither of us has ever owned a chicken, but there is actually a stray one that lives on my parents' hollow, so my daughter is amazed by chickens and has always loved them. Last halloween, she was a chicken. She loves to eat chicken nuggets, and she always makes the "bock bock bock" sound while she's eating (which I find kind of creepy). We don't let her hold the chick unsupervised at all, and we always have a hand on her while she is holding it. She holds it and touches it very gently for a few minutes, and then she tells me that I can have it. She likes to watch it eat and drink, which it does a lot of. My daughter is very gentle with living things, and we work with her regularly to help her stay this way. We have an 8 lbs dog from before she was born and she is careful with her and likes to help feed her. She also had a guinea pig for over a year, but 8 months ago, her cousin asked us if she could have it, and we gave it to her. Anyway, so now we have exactly one baby chick. I remember that the sign next to the man's chickens said, "Rhode Island Reds, Golden Comets," and something else, but it was marked out. He only had a few left, and I believe that this one must be a RIR. I don't know whether it is male or female, but I'm guessing by its feathers that it was a week old and is now at two weeks. It has its wing feathers and has sprouted a few tail feathers, but they're short. And last night I noticed just the start of its shoulder feathers coming in on both sides. Am I right? Is it about two weeks old? Someone had told us that you can sex the chicks by looking across their spread wing feathers. This chick's feathers were different lengths, so he said it was a girl. Is that a myth or is he probably right? How could I tell? I know that she needs the temp where she lives to be somewhere in the 80s and I don't have a heat lamp, so I've been keeping her in the small laundry room in a pet carrier with a space heater, and the room is much too warm for me to be comfortable, so I'm sure it's in the mid to high 80s in there. I also fill a bottle with scalding hot water and put it inside of an old sock and put it in the carrier with her at night for her to cuddle with, just in case the temp drops a bit. Some mornings, she is perched on the bottle, and some mornings, she is running around chirping. She seems healthy to me, but I don't know chickens. I have seen some diarrhea, but I've read that this can be normal every now and then. Her feed is medicated and free fed, and I don't give her anything else to eat. She has water at all times. Is there anything else that I need to be doing? What are the chances that she lives? I'm just so afraid that she is going to die because I don't even know her odds and wild baby birds in general don't live without their mother. I know she hates to be alone, so I'm thinking that if I can find someone with another baby chick about the same size, I'll take it, too. But I'm not sure about the sex of mine. I guess either way, if I get a female, they'll get along, right? I would like something that is going to be about the same size, and an egg layer so that they can share food and setup (if mine is a female). They'll just be egg laying pets, I guess. I haven't had any luck finding places that are selling chicks. They all sold out a week ago and aren't getting any more. I guess I need to try to get in touch with some breeders. And even then, I don't know if they'll have what I'm looking for. I tried to give this one away just because I want what is best for her and I just don't know enough about them, but I'm doing my best and if you guys think that I can raise chickens, I think I'd like to try. Any help is appreciated.