I'm so tired of reading about people who run out buy these cute little chicks but that's all they know. They're cute little chicks. Then they want to learn in one paragraph what it takes to care for them to adulthood and beyond. This Spring seems to be worse than last for chicks being in homes that don't even have the basics to get them off to a good start. Anyone, everyone learn before you leap. I've kept quiet, haven't been doing a lot of posting but I saw another one today that the chicks do not have the basics in place before their arrival. These are living, feeling creatures who need the same or better care than given to a newborn baby. I'm tired of reading about people who get chicks and don't have secure housing before they're ready to go outside and think they'll be just fine in an open cage out in the elements. The one good thing I can say about the media scare and Salmonella is that it just might have saved thousands of chicks from a horrible existance and a long journey to ultimate death. It will not kill anybody to learn first and then take the step to acquire the birds of your dreams. It could lead to a lifetime of trouble free existance for you both.