Tao chick, that person with the laying hens hasn't replied to me with a day to go pick up the two that I asked for. Maybe he changed his mind about selling only two. I will look up recipes online and do the math. Right now I've only confirmed the purchase of five chicks. So I have to get starter and chick grit. And hopefully a heat pad will be enough for them.
The heat pad might be hard for them to figure out at first if they've been on a heat lamp, so just make sure they take to it. I got a Premier 1 heat plate for Christmas which is a similar concept and I can't wait to use it, but I've heard chicks that start on heat lamps may not know what to do when switched to a plate at first.