Just got a batch of chicks in and wanted to give a few ideas for what I do to get them off to a strong start. I put vitamins and sugar into warmed water. One teaspoon per pint of water to start, taking that down to one teaspoon per quart after the first twelve hours. Discontinue the sugar after everyone appears strong, or after forty eight hours. Make sure each chick has their beak gently dipped in the water to figure out how to drink. Watch and make sure they are drinking. Sprinkle bits of food on the floor of the cage and they will start pecking and figure out how to eat. First meal is a spoonful of kefir, a spoonful of fine cornmeal and some hardboiled egg. You can also give some mashed tofu if you like. I like kefir better than yogurt, it adds more active, live cultures.this seems to energize them and get them off to a roaring start. Watch them fing the wet stuff around! I feed it off a shallow tray or Tupperware lid so they don't drown in the kefir. Start adding organic ACV to the water as soon as you know they are drinking well or the second time you fill the waterer. Make sure you're using a chick waterer so they can't get their body in the water and drown or get chilled. Make sure there is room in the brooder to move in and out of the light. If they are huddled in the light they are cold, if they are huddled away from the light, they are hot. Scattered all around is just right. I use a light that can be raised and lowered to adjust the temperature. I add sprouts AF various sorts on the second or third day. I like to add mung beans, mustard greens and fenugreek sprouts. Also, amaranth, quinoa, chia are really good. Sprouts are easy and great sources of vitamins, protein and energy, easy to digest. I add a tiny bit of chick grit or sand when I start feeding sprouts. I usually feed a little garlic chives and other fresh garden greens at this time. That's about it. For a brooder, I like a deep box or rubber made tote. I use a grate or screen for a lid on top. I like to start with puppy potty pee pads for the first day, then go to rice hulls for bedding. If you can't get rice hulls, pine shavings or shredded paper is fine.