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I need to show that $\hat\lambda = \bar X$ is a sufficient estimator for a Poisson distribution iid $X_1...X_n$, show that $\hat\lambda$ is the UMVUE for $\lambda$ and that $\hat\lambda$ is a consistent estimator.

I don't even know how to tackle the sufficiency part. I've looked over the definition and I don't understand at all.

For the UMVUE I already have that var($\hat\lambda$)=CRLB, but I can figure out how to evaluate E($\hat\lambda$) at all.

I have a terrible head cold, so these may be stupid questions but any help is appreciated!!

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Probably you meant, sufficient statistics? To show it, you can use factorization theorem. That is, try to write the PMF as $g_{\lambda}(\bar{X}) h(X)$ where $h$ does not depend on $\lambda$. – passerby51 Feb 15 '13 at 18:34
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I don't even know how to tackle the sufficiency part.

recognize that

$$\prod \lambda^{x_i} = \lambda^{\sum x_i}$$

After which it's trivial

I can figure out how to evaluate $\operatorname{E}(\hat{\lambda})$ at all

Write $\bar{X}$ as a constant times a sum. What's the distribution of that sum?

Can you find the expectation of that?

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