Hey guys. I finally took the leap and got my chicks today from a local feed store. 3 Buff Orpington and 3 Barred Plymouth Rock. I already love them, but with everything I've read I still feel like I'm going to fail. I have them in a huge cardboard box with puppy pads and paper towels. I'm using a 250 watt red heat lamp which is about a foot and a half or two feet above them. Dumbo me forgot a thermometer at the feed store so I will run and get it tomorrow, but they are qiet (aside from little tiny peeps) so I'm guessing that means they are at least warm! Is it normal for them to lay down and sleep? I'm always checking their breathing, I'm so paranoid. Also, I decided not to get medicated starter feed since they have adequate space but how much should I change the paper towels? They've already pooped several times and I feel like changing it with each poop, I just don't want them to get that awful disease (don't know spelling but coccidis?) By the way we are switching to bedding in a week, I just wanted to do the paper towel thing for the first week. How much handling is too much? I have a 5 year old and 2 year old who are so excited but I told them to let the chicks get used to their environment for the first 24 hours. How often do you let them roam around? When should I bring them outside first? So many questions!