Hi all, I've been hanging around this site for at least a year on & off reading along preparing for when I'd gotten the nerve to try this chick thing and well here I am having bitten the bullet so to speak. Ok so here's a little background on what I have along with a couple questions. I had decide to just go through a local person who had some Black Australorps & Barred Rocks & so I'd gotten 2 of each. They all seem healthy though I don't mind saying this being a first experience with chicks they on occasion will give me a start when I see them sleeping because I swear some times they sleep with their necks stretched out & face down & look like when I'd lost my pet canary! The first time I caught my breath & thought "Ohmygosh it must have gotten too cold"? It was fine ladies but it was I who needed my heart restarted! Ok so here's the couple questions 1. The Barred Rocks are SO look alikes I can't tell them apart & reall I can't tell the other 2 apart either but I'd noticed the other day that some time they will be sleeping with 3 huddled and then one off on it's own. I don't know if it's always the same one but it's always one of the barred rocks that's off on it's own. So the question does this mean something? Is this 1 being pushed out of a flock or is this one of an opposite sex? Or does it not mean anything? The topic of what sex comes next. Is there a way to tell yet? I keep hearing about combs & such and I don't know which end is what. Now ask me what the withers are on a dog & I can tell you but I'm a fish out of water with these chicks and so I thought perhaps it's time I start asking questions instead of just reading along. If at some point I were to put up pics would you all be able to tell? I'd also like to introduce myself & say thanks to everyone who comes here and posts and shares all the info you all do. You have no idea how many probably come here and read without ever posting & yet leave with a wealth of info from you all! I know I've been reading along for a LONG time! Well sorry so long & thanks in advance for any info.