I have been toying with the idea of getting chickens. I would really like to raise day-old-chicks so that my family (Me, hubby, 5 year-old Olivia, 1 year-old Vanessa, 14 year-old Miniature Schnauzer Jocser ((Jock-sir)) and 2 year old MinPin Manny) can become comfortable with the chicks and the chicks to us. I am just worried that I don't have the time to care for vulnerable babies. I work 1 hour away from home so the chicks would be alone in the brood box, in our climate controlled garage, from about 7:30am to 6:00pm. My husband is not yet thrilled about my new obsession to have chickens, so he would not be willing to come home at lunch time to check on them. Plus he builds swimming pools for a living and his season is getting started early this year so he also doesn't have the time.
So my questions becomes, If I get day-old-chicks, would they be ok from 7:30am to 6:00pm by themselves or should I abandon this idea and get older chicks or adult chickens?
Thanks ahead of time for all the help and information!