Hi everyone-- This is my first post on this forum. I have now gotten my chicks for the first time ever after 20 years or more of wanting chickens. I have a lot of animal experience but no birds since budgies and finches as a child. I have 4 hens and 1 rooster, they are all supposed to be the Ameracauna breed but two have brown camo/natural coloring and 3 have cream-colored feathers coming in, including the rooster. They will be 4 weeks old on Wednesday. I bought them from a local feed store who ordered them in, from which hatchery I don't know. I also don't know if they were vaccinated for Marek's, is it? I am feeding them starter/grower unmedicated, mealworms, and grass from the backyard. I am giving them special vitamin/mineral/probiotics boosters from McMurray in their water and using the Aqua Miser waterer. I handle them several times a day. The brooder is plenty warm with infrared heater and red light bulb, and it's still quite warm here in New Orleans. The current temp in the warmest end of the brooder is 82 deg F. The rooster chick is a lot smaller than all the others. One of the hens was also small like him, but she has shot up now and is catching up with the others. The rooster seems to sometimes sit apart from the others and seems less active. On the other hand, when I moved them into their much larger brooder, he was the first to perch on the very highest perch, which was more than twice as high as the other brooder (18 in off ground). And he perches with the hens too, just sometimes seems to sit apart, looking maybe lethargic. Is this normal or typical? I took the rooster today and moved him into the old cage to try to give him some extra mealworms, but he just picked at them unhappily until I moved him back into the main cage, at which point everyone went nuts and he only got a couple of worms. I don't want to wait to act if he might be failing to thrive. It seems to me that the hens push him away from the waterer sometimes because he's smaller. Any thoughts most appreciated.