Hubby is finally letting me get some chicks to feed my addiction, so I'm going with cornish x chicks. I called the TSC in our area and they are getting some in tomorrow morning. Anyway.....I'm hoping to get 6. I already have a brooder set up for them with a heat lamp and a red bulb. its an old rabbit cage without the wire floor...I've used it with all of our chicks... Since these aren't your normal chickens and get big pretty quick, when can they go without a heat lamp and go outside? Can they be on shavings in the rabbit cage or should I use paper towels? I'm worried about them having leg issues. And last...Do I start the 12 hours on and off feeding when they are chicks or when they're older? Sorry I have so many questions, We've always had layers.