Hi all. I'm from MN, and just ordering my first chicks. We moved to 6 acres last fall, and the pre-existing barn is going to be partially turned into a coop. I plan on free ranging when outside, but have already seen hawks and eagles flying over so my chickies will need to stay safe when we're not home. I ordered 10 RIRs and 5 Americanas, as we want these for layers. Next year we will be raising some for meat. So far, I have the brooder from fleet farm, which will be placed in a plastic kiddie pool in the garage until chicks are big enough for the coop. I have 2 small plastic waterers that are safe for baby chicks, and 2 of those 8 hole feeders for hopefully less mess. I plan on pine shavings with paper towels over the top for the beddings. I will also be adding org ACV to their water and trying to ferment their food. Then there's the heat lamp with red bulb. I do plan on medicated feed for now. Any other advice? I've been reading over tons of posts here from feed choice, to worming, to natural things to keep birds healthy. Oh! I also want to get a few guinea that I would leave to free range when they get bigger. I don't want a ton, so if anyone knows someone in MN that can sell maybe just 4, that would be awesome. Nice to be here, this place is a wealth of information!