Sunday I'm picking up 10 Rhode Island Reds from our local fair. They should be 5 days old. And then on 9/16 I am having Bantams shipped from Ideal (I've never ordered chicks before I hope they are reputable - I stressed over it forever). So... I have a couple of questions *I have a very large rubbermade tub that I'm converting into a brooder. How many chicks can comfortably be housed in a brooder like that and for how long? * Can I safely mix the 2 breeds together in that brooder when there will be about a 8 day age difference? * Apparently they are sending the Bantams with some male's for warmth??? I've never heard of this and forgot to ask how old these male's would be and what breed? Do they just toss anything in there? *When I pick them up from the post office - then what? Put them in the brooder? Do I need to watch them carefully? What is recomended feed and water? Every place I look tells me something different. And can we handle them a lot at this point in the game? I breed rabbits normally and I know the first few days we try to let mama and her babies be - but after that we handle like crazy.. I'm not sure how different it will be with the chicks. thanks for all your help!