In fact, I have *so many* questions! I'll be getting chicks from neighbors in about 2 weeks. They have three hens from a mixed (mutt-heavy) flock, each with chicks that hatched about a week or so apart. I expect to get chicks from the first batch that are now a couple of weeks old and probably from the last group that just hatched yesterday evening, because those are the smaller hens. I've been watching the older chicks develop, and picked one chick from that group that (hopefully) will be a hen. I know it's nearly impossible to be sure at this stage in their development, but maybe someone with more experience can tell me if I'm on the right track as far as possible gender? I'm not concerned about "breed" since the hens are a mixed bag and no one is entirely sure which rooster the chicks came from. Here's a picture of the hen with the oldest chicks. The one I've already picked is the brown one there on the hen's back. Any guesses? In the second & third pictures you can see a black chick that I am assuming will probably be barred. Does this one look like it might be female? The rest of the pictures are of the second hen, which looks like a Plymouth Rock (I'm guessing), and the rooster that they currently have (although he is not the only rooster that may have had access to the hens before they met with their soupy fates). I'm going to try and get some pictures of the third hen this week - she's even smaller than the first hen and all black - one of her chicks was half the size of the rest of her hatchlings, and I've already said that if it survives the week I'll take it. I'm sure this won't be the first time I ask a dumb newbie question on the forum but any wisdom or advice from more experienced members would be greatly appreciated.