Well thanks to everyone who welcomed me to the site again. I decided to go with some cross chickens I found on c-list. They are Americanus, Road Island Reds, Barnavelder, 6 are redish and 4 are the black with white spots. We got them home and put them in the outside pen, man did they go nuts picking at the ground and scratching. I left them there all afternoon and they seemed to get more comfortable as they were spreading out and not all huddled up. So I put them away at night and closed up the access to the outside pen. The next morning I opened the outside acess and they still have not made there way back outside. Should I put them outside in the pen? How often and how much should I feed ten chicks?? I got chicken starter/Grower and they seem to love it. Someone said somthing on here about leaving the light on for 14 hours a day to get them laying sooner can someone elaborate? Should I have any worries about my children handling them?? It has been getting down to about 50 degrees at night do they need to have a heat light on them at night? When should I start free ranging them where they will come back in the pen at night? Sorry for all the questions but I really want these girls to turn out and be healthy. Can anyone tell me when I will be able to tell the sex? And lastly what would be good treats to give birds this young? Thanks Again to Everyone!!