One week from today we will choose our five baby chicks from the feed store! Very excited, and also very nervous, because last year, one of our pullets turned out to be a cockerel and it broke our hearts to give him up. According to the feed store, all of the chicks they sell are female, but from what I've learned in the past year, we got lucky with four-out-of-five. So what I'd like to know is...are there any characteristics evident in a newborn chick that I should be looking for when we choose our babies this year? What do breeders look for? If this will help, the five breeds we will be getting this year are Araucana, Golden Laced Wyandotte, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Speckled Sussex, and Light Brahma. Also, I've learned with the Araucana that some chicks have the silly little ear tufts and some do not. Are these "future tufts" evident at birth? If possible, my daughter wants a chick that will have the tufts...she calls it a chicken mustache lol Thanks for any help, and please keep your fingers crossed for us! We hope to be able to keep our family together this year!