Wanting to get as much info as I can before actually having chicks in hand. I've done a good bit of thinking, and I think my kids will get way more out of this experience if we go with chicks instead of hens who lay right off the bat. I've done a little research on the topic. I know a rubber tote with bedding works well for housing, of course the heat lamp and a thermometer, waterer and feeder, chick starter feed, and some sort of mesh to put over he top of the tote to keep chicks from escaping are the essentials. Anything else I need? Also, where do you all recommend keeping the tote? I've talked with a friend of mine who has hens, and she says its best to use a spare room as they are dusty and messy. The house were in we do not have a spare room, but some dead space in our living room. Also, any other tips you all have learned that you would like to share I would greatly appreciate that as well! Thanks in advance everyone!