Just thought I'd introduce myself. I really have next to no idea what I'm doing but I'm learning a lot from these pages. I have 17 chicks. that are about 2-3 weeks old and the more I read...the more I hope I don't end up killing them all with my ignorance! LOL I've had them for 2 weeks and they grow sooooo fast! I have: 1 silky, 1 sebright, 6 austrolorps, 3 buff orpingtons, 2 jersey giants, 2 barred rocks, and 2 americaunas. They currently live in my hall bathroom. (In the tub that doesn't work due to broken pipes under the foundation.) They are on pine shavings(Which I tidy up and freshen daily) with a lamp in one corner. I keep a heater on low at night and open the window several times a day for ventilation. We are in Southern California so our weather is very mild. But it is the time of year where the temperature fluctuates a lot. Their out door coop is mostly finished. It may be a little out of the norm but I think it will work for our area. I converted a corner of my detached garage (which was built in the back yard where you would have to drive up and over your lawn to get into it-so of course we never use it for cars) I enlarged a ground vent to make a pop door to the fenced garden yard which will be for their exclusive enjoyment. My chicks seem to be doing well. The eat a ton...and I must clean and replace their water 4-5 a day because they kick litter into it. I plan to get a waterer in the next few days. Some of my chicks seem to have diarrhea though. Not every time they go...just sometimes. I just sit watching them a lot.. so I notice. They are all acting fine. this has been going on for about a week. Is this anything to worry about at this point? anyways...feel free to let me know how I'm doing so far...wisdom comes from experience and I'm feeling a little shy on both right now.