I'm very excited I have got my first set of baby chicks. I purchased 4 unsexed bantams from tractor supply co. I have been researching backyard chicken raising for a while, jumped through some homeowner assn hoops, and was able to obtain a small brood for my fam! We set up a brooder in the small half bath/powder room downstairs for the babies, with pine shavings, and their red heat lamp. Unfortunately, my soft heart got me in trouble and I purchased a weak little baby and she passed away the first evening home. So, we have 3 strong babies, hopefully, 3 hens. If any turn out to be roosters I will have to rehome them to the farm down the road. (Maybe I can get them to trade a hen ) Please impart all your knowledge to me! I've been reading everything I can pick up about hen raising, but I know nothing beats real life experience. My papaw got a good laugh when I told him I was learning how to raise chickens by reading about it. I will post some pics of the babies when I get home today. They turned one week old yesterday. They are sooooooo adorable. Thanks in advance for all the advice!!!