I am totally new to the chicken world, and anxiously awaiting my 4 fuzzy butts this Friday. I am getting 4 pullets (1 Buff Orpington, 1 Americauna, 1 Golden Comet and 1 Silver Laced Wyandott) from the local feed store. I am going out today to get all my supplies for them and setting up the brooder in the house for the first couple of weeks. From all the research I have done so far I figure I need the following: Brooder (using a 45 Gallon Plastic Tote) Ceramic Heat Lamp w/ red infrared bulb Thermometer Quart Waterer Quart Feeder Bedding (Pine Shavings covered with puppy pads for first few days) Chick Starter Feed(medicated or no?- they will be vaccinated upon arrival from the hatchery) Chick Grit (after first week or so-plan of giving treats) Am I forgetting anything? I am fixing up a Little Tykes Playhouse for their coop, and plan to move them out there during the day in a few weeks if the weather stays warm (been in upper 70's-low 80's) and bring them in at night. I may put them on the porch as well to cut down on dander and dust in the house until they can go out to the coop permanently. Going to have to play that one by ear a little. I am so excited! I feel like a kid at Christmas Now I have to get their coop and run finished ASAP!