Hi everybody! I'm new here, so please forgive me if I'm asking questions that have already been answered elsewhere (just give me links to the relevant threads and pat me on the head). I've just gotten my very first flock of little chickens, and I'm ... well, I'm in love. Who wouldn't be, with a face like this? Anyhoo, we've got 3 Ameraucanas, 1 Barred Rock, and 1 Silver-laced Wyandotte, all about two weeks old-ish. I've named them after the main ladies in Steel Magnolias (the ones who don't die) in the hopes that this will encourage them all to grow up to be girls. Which brings me to my questions ... How soon can I tell if one of my girls is actually a boy? We live in suburbia, so a rooster would have to find a new home. I've noticed that sometimes their poops get all foamy/runny/light brown. Is this cause for concern or diet adjustment? I keep seeing mention of medicated chick feed, but not a lot of explanation as to the reasons to use it. Can someone 'splain? Right now, my girls are on organic starter that looks like sawdust with bits of corn thrown in. They don't really seem to care about treats yet, but they will because I certainly care about giving them treats. Just last night, for the first time I noticed that when one chick gets separated from the rest, she'll cheep ever so urgently until they come find her. Cutest. Moment. Ever. Is this a sign that they're becoming a flock and not just a ragtag handful of fuzzy birds? Can I expect flock solidarity to work in their favor to help keep them safe later on in life? Thanks in advance!