Good afternoon! I am the proud first-time mommy of four new chicks. My husband and I attended a "Backyard Chickens" workshop about two weeks ago and were given four 1-week old chicks to bring home. The breeds are: (1) Cuckoo Marans, (1) Buff Cochins, and (2) Ameraucanas. They all were hatched on September 25th (I'm told) so they are all three weeks old now. These pictures were taken yesterday. The breeds are pretty much all I know about them. If anyone has anything more specific knowledge about each one (like, for instance, the two Ameraucanas look different from each other - what is their coloring called?) then please let me know. If anyone can tell the sex yet (mostly just kidding!) then let me know. They are all supposed to be female but there's that 10% error rate that has me worried. The lady that runs the farm ordered 100 chicks, so of those 100, ten of them could be male. I hope all of these are female. In about three weeks the chicks will move out to this coop and run: We will make sure this Akita (and our other one) can't get to them. The run area is about 4.5' x 12'. Here's inside the coop. (This picture has been borrowed from the builder's website. I'm too lazy to go out to take a new picture but ours looks just like this.) It has a removable panel at the bottom to allow for the deep litter method. Right now the chicks are upstairs in a spare bathroom bathtub with a red heat lamp, food, water, etc. They are quite happy and two of them are already fairly social with me (the Buff Cochins and the copper-headed Ameraucana). I'm new at this and have been doing a lot of reading on this forum already. The forum will be a great resource as questions come up. Oh, by the way, the Buff one is named "Bella", The copper-headed Ameraucana is named "Lucille", the one that looks like an owl or chipmunk has been named "Chipmunk" by my husband. Yesterday I started to call the Cuckoo Marans chick "Wild Thing" because she is the most wary and skittish.