and it can't come soon enuff!! My friend raises chickens and invited me to place an order with her and we pick them up saturday. My chicks are bantam silkies, mixed colours, 10 chicks. There will be no whites as they sold out a while ago. mixed gender as well. I chose this breed as my starter chick because they are small, tame and flightless. I can only accommodate 4 hens in my yard and any extra hens will go to my friend to add to her flock. Any roosters will be .... i dunno yet, i don't want to think about it, i do know i can't keep any. I'm enlisting your help in creating a check list for things i must have for their homecoming since i've never ever done this before. I have: A box to bring them home in. 12" x 6"x4" lined with paper towel, 4 dime sized holes for fresh air A brooder (actually a 65 gallon aquarium) An overhead light in one corner for warmth a thermometer/humidity gauge food dish/water dish (mayonnaise jar lids) opposite ends of brooder to prevent wet moldy food) Paper towel to line the bottom of the brooder, no wood shavings, i feel i'm pressing my lick as it is keeping paper towel so close to a light. As for food i don't have any yet, my friend offered to split a bag of starter with me. My plan is to keep them inside during the night with lots of yard play time during the days when its warm. I don't like the idea of raising them in the house for 3-6 weeks but don't mind doing it for maybe a week or 2 tops if the weather doesn't co-operate. The hen house will be built by my husband, hopefully next weekend. They will be living in my veggie patch which is 10' x 10', and soon to be fenced in or contained in some way. Did i miss anything? Comments on any of my ideas? good, bad..??? The 4 hens that we keep will be pets and we just want them to have the best possible environment. Oh, one more thing. We live about 1km from a Canada goose breeding ground, geese never enter my yard, i've never seen a goose poop on my property ever, but they do fly overhead daily. And during migration they fly over in hundreds. Is there any thing i should be concerned about ?