I am a first timer with chicks... I got 2 week olds to make it easier on myself (I also have 2 kids under 3yrs). We have 4 barred Rock Hens... we hope all Hens. We set them up in a dog crate for a brooder and so far they are happy little babies. SO CUTE!! I just love them. Why did I wait so long to get Chickens?!?