So I am completely new at raising chicks, and may be overly concerned, but I have some questions.... I have six 2 week old rhode island reds. I just expanded their "cardboard palace" and tried taking away their heat lamp on account of it being 100 degrees outside. They didn't seem to like it, and actually began peeping quite loudly. The thermometer reads 85/86 inside their box. Maybe they are just playing, but it seemed like they chilled out when I put the lamp back up (but like 4 feet above their box). Would they be peeping loudly if they were too hot?? ALSO ... when can you tell if you have a rooster? I have a couple that seems to be bigger and their combs are pinker and seem bigger than the others (maybe this is normal for a rhode island red??). Do they just start getting louder as they get bigger, cause I feel like I can hear them a lot more in general. Trying to differentiate between sounds of distress and happy peeping. Hmmm.... This chicken forum is quite addicting. ThankS!!