So after weeks and weeks of anticipation, during which I have been reading all about raising chickens and starting baby chicks, I just found out that I have a mandatory out of town meeting and will most likely not be able to pick my 20 baby chicks up from the post office when they arrive next week. So now I am trying to figure out how to make sure my boyfriend, who kindly agreed to get the chicks, does everything right, given that he is not as much of a "do things exactly by the book" person and is more of a "eh, they'll be fine!" kind of person when it comes to animals. Here are my questions: 1) Brooder temp I have been testing the brooder temp in advance and am having trouble getting the temp right. I have read all about watching the chick behavior to adjust temp, but I want to have it as close to right as possible, since I am relying on my boyfriend to do it and not myself. I feel like my lamp has to be very close to the chicks to reach 95 degrees (8-10 inches). I have a thermometer in the air about 2 inches off the ground, But the actual floor of the brooder is MUCH hotter than 95 when it is like that. It is a 250 watt bulb. Maybe the problem is I am using a meat thermometer? Would that have an impact? Should i be looking at the air temp or the surface temp of whatever the thermometer is sitting on? Finally, the room I am brooding in has a greenhouse effect and can get very warm in day time even when the outdoor temperatures are very cool. But at night with no sun, it is almost as cold as outside. Am I going to need to adjust the brooder heat lamp a lot between day and night because of this? 2) How often should he check on the chicks during their first day home? If it were me I would be checking every five minutes but how often would you reccommend? 3) Also, any other instructions I should give him? I am preparing a list - already telling him to check for pasty butt, dip beaks in water, watch to see if they are too hot/cold. I hope he stays with me after he sees this list, haha.