My co-worker, who lives one street over, has been wanting to get some chickens for the last few months. She has begun working on the coop and run already. We "just so happened" to stop at the Feed and Seed store on Friday to see what they had as far as variety of chicks. Well, we left with seven-two Silver Wyandottes, three Buff Orpingtons. one Cuckoo Marans, and one little Silkie. I own two of the little Buffs. That is my contribution so far, along with doing all the research on here! We have a brooder box constructed from a Rubbermaid tote so far, but know they will outgrow it much faster than the person who sold them said they would. She told us we could use a regular 60W bulb in the brooder lamp, but as I am reading, I am thinking a red one would be better. The room they are in is quite warm. Do they need the 250W red bulb for such a small area in a warm room or a smaller wattage? I am going later today to get vitamins, etc to have on hand, just in case any illnesses show up. I want to make sure she has what she needs at her house. Between these chicks and the ones at my neighbor's house, I'm learning a lot! It has been a interesting few days off!