Hello all. I am a newbie. I have been visiting this site frequently looking for information to help me be a better "parent" to my little chicks that I picked up from a local pet store. I have never attempted this before but have the time and the will to take care of these two little chicks. I was told by an employee at the store that one was a Rhode Island Red and the other was a Plymouth Rock. Our Rhode Island Red looks similar to the pictures I have seen of this particular breed, however, I am not so sure about our little Plymouth Rock. She is beginning to look like a he (according to some of the other posts and advice I have read.) And she or he does not have the classic markings of the typical pictures that I have seen posted of the Pilgrim Rock Chickens. I am hopeful that some of you may advise me based upon your experience. I will post a couple of pictures. Let me know what you think. Male or female? What breed do you think the black one is? We will love him/her regardless -- This is one very sweet and friendly bird. Thank you all for looking and your input is appreciated!