So I *think* I'm ready for our first chicks that come next Friday (or so). Plan to take the day off. Brooder will be up to temperature (going to get it set up Wednesday in case they come early on Thursday instead - have 1 250W red bulb that we've tested and it brings the brooder to 95 deg easily, and will be on a dimmer so we can really secure it in place). Have the feed and will have a little warmed sugar water in there for the first day. Also will have a bowl of warm water ready for any pasty butts that come (they are coming from Ideal). I keep reading about hard boiled eggs so I plan to do that too and have some on hand - but can anyone tell me what to use them for?? As for the bottom of the brooder (which we are using a giant metal dog crate - about 3x4'x3' high) - we're using puppy pads the first few days, then will switch to pine shavings. also, have 18" high cardboard lining the sides to help keep in heat. I picked out 4 stuffed animals from my childhood stuffed animal bins and disinfected them. We don't yet have roosts, bc I think they're too young to use them right away? Or should we put some in low to start out anyway? I was going to add them at 1-2 weeks. Also picked up chick grit, but i'm seeing that wasn't really necessary as they'll be on a medicated chick starter and we won't give them any treats until they are older (except the egg...). Can you tell me what we're missing? And what about the egg? Thanks!