Four and a half weeks ago I picked up six Cochin Bantams from the feedstore, making my choice based on day-old chick pics from hatcheries and Feathersite. I wanted two blue, two black (or blue), and two gold laced since these chicks were a "Bantam Chochin assortment" from Ideal and that is what I was hoping to get from their stock. Now that they've feathered out (and grown red wattles!) I'm wondering what exactly I have! The two that I thought were the gold laced have white specks all over -one much more than the other. Is that normal for gold laced, or are they something different? And if so, what? They are adorable though, whatever they are. I'm worried the heavily speckled one is a roo though, and since the black one already has unmistakenly established himself as a roo (even starting to crow) and is much more amenable to handling I'm going to keep him. So fingers crossed that everyone else is a pullet!! What kind of Cochin am I? This is the other one, who only has a few white flecks here and there -mostly on the breast. Please be pullets, please be pullets... LaRue! I'm sure that probably means "the street" or something, but I kept calling him li'l roo, and it sounded like LaRue, so... This is what they (except LaRue) looked like four weeks ago... I was so surprised at how fast they developed -my standards took me at least six weeks before I suspected a roo -LaRue was candy-apple red at three weeks! Thanks so much for any thoughts!