Finally, my babies are here! I ordered 13 Buff Orps (one roo), 7 Black Australorps (one roo) and 5 Barred Rocks (straight run). I received 27 chicks, with one clearly the oddball "rare" chick they throw in for free. I don't know what the other extra is, but hopefully it's one of the breeds I ordered. Here's a group shot. Everyone say "Ahhh! How cute!" The freebie chick. Hubby and I think it may be a silver spangled hamburg. Opinions? It's clearly smaller than the rest of the gang and much more active. It also has a more upright stance. It's back is mottled, not barred. Also there is a light greenish tint to the legs. Getting vewwwwwy sleepy! I can't tell the difference between the BR's and the BA's. Can you give me some tips? Not that it matters I guess. In a few days the BR's will be showing their stripes. Wouldn't the Australorps have darker shanks? This one has a set of lungs! I suspect it's a roo based on the white blotch on the top of its head. I have four such chicks, the rest have dark black heads. Am I correct in my assumption? A different chick: 27 wonderfully plump, bright and alert chicks: They all quickly found the water and food. After a bit of sprinting, scratching and jumping a few fell fast asleep. I ask you, is there anything cuter than a sleeping chick? I think not! I see no signs of weakness in any of them. I am amazed that such seemingly fragile creatures are so incredibly resilient! I am one happy chick mom! And so we are off to a running (and peeping!) start! Hurray!