I am planing on getting new chicks next month. This will be my first time raising chickens from chicks. I am not sure how many exactly, perhaps five or six. How much space do you folks recommend for that number of babies. Also, the chicken for dummies book specifically says not to use a cardboard container. Yet all of my local feed stores, included WIlco, say that a cardboard box is just fine. What is your consensus on that and what do you folks use for housing your babies. Also, I like in the Pacific Northwest, do you folks think housing them in my garage with a 150 watt red heat lamp will be warm enough for them?
Secondly, generally how much medicated chick feed will the eat until they are old enough to go on layer feed? For example, how many five pound bags will they eat through? Can I use a flock grazer at three months of age until; they start laying?
Finally, I plan on using pine shavings as a floor cover for the chicks. How often do you generally replace the bedding?