It's almost that time of year when the grass goes green and chicks start hatching. this spring/ late winter I will be getting 2-4 chicks. I want to get an ameraucana , a silkie, a jersey giant and an australorp. I think I should start with two and then get two more the following year because I don't want egg production to slow down as the older group stops laying. would like some advice on what birds you would recommend? What are some ways that you raise chicks? what is the best brooder? what brooder do you use? how do you like to keep chicks warm?