Brooder box or 2-- just in case, boo boos can occur Red bulb-- If boo boos do occur, chicks will be less likely to peck/cannibalize the hurt chick Pine shavings-- covered with paper towel or not, I have never had a problem with chicks eating the chips Heat lamp that is ONLY from a pet store/ feed store-- some are covered in Teflon and will kill chicks. Something to secure heat lamp several times-- do not want it to fall and chicks can jump pretty high at a few weeks and knock it over/down Something to cover brooder-- don't want chicks getting out or being snacks for other pets/animals Multiple feeders (Feeders and waterers that are hanging/ setting up on bricks will help to keep bedding and poo out of food and water) Multiple waterers Medicated chick feed--(crumbles up until 18 weeks or so, then you can switch to layer)don't want cocci “About the medicated chick feed from the Michigan State University Poultry workshop this Spring. We were told to give medicated chick starter which does not contain an antibiotic but contains Amprolium which is an enzyme blocker and prevents the growth of the parasite coccidia. Then instead of switching suddenly to non medicated feed, it was recommended that when the chicks are 6 weeks old, we give 3/4 medicated and 1/4 non medicated feed. At week 7 we can give 1/2 medicated and 1/2 non medicated and week 8 give 1/4 medicated and 3/4 non medicated and then week 9 give all non medicated feed. That gives the chick a chance to build up an immunity to coccidia that may be present.”-- (chicken grandma) Vitamin and electrolyte powder to put in water-- I like to use this for the first few days to keep them peppy. I HIGHLY recommend using warm water-- helps chicks digest food, helps prevent hardened crops Prevents runny poo and pasty butt This site to compare strange poopies-- http://chat.allotment.org.uk/index.php?topic=17568.0 This medicine chart-- https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/medicine-chart Dosage chart-- http://www.xtremegamebirds.com/Dosage Chart.html Chicken first aid kit-- http://www.broodyhen.co.uk/ket/fowlnotfoul/1staid.htm Toxic plant list-- http://www.poultryhelp.com/toxicplants.html Coop and super secure run-- I put mine out at 5 weeks. You can choose what is best for you and your chicks Sand-- for bathing, eating, playing (3 weeks and up) Grit- to digest food (if chicks are eating anything else besides chick start they must have grit/sand/dirt/small rocks Meal worms-- treats (3 weeks and up) Fun to bury in the sand and watch the chicks learn to scratch for goodies! Oyster shell-- for layers (after 18 weeks) This is a site that lists top ten foods highest in vitamins-- http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/high-vitamin-D-foods.php-- Layers need calcium and phosphorus This is a chicken vet-- (as if you don't have enough to read on here...LOL)-- http://mikethechickenvet.wordpress.com/tag/backyard-chickens/ Plain yogurt--(4-5 weeks and up) Yummy and good for digestion and sour crop Scratch- (8 weeks and up) Treat (chicks must have access to grit or dirt/sand/small rocks before they can eat this.) Roosts-- to play on… even in the brooder Hmmm... I am sure there is more... Mine did not enjoy fruits or veggies until after 5-6 weeks... they liked bugs best! Meal worms and earwigs!! Mmmm! They, also, love scrambled egg! I waited 5 weeks before giving them eggs. Wash hands before and after holding chicks. Have separate coop shoes and study biosecurity for you and you chicks health! Oh yeah... Have fun and give lots of cuddles for friendly chickens! Please feel free to comment and add your own thoughts. Please be courteous to each other.