This is our first chick/chicken experience. My son joined 4H and wanted to raise some chicks. Thinking it would be fun and a great educational experience we decided to go for it... I went out and bought "living with Chickens" the book because we were told it was a great reference guide. We were going to start out with 10-15 chicks well that didn't happen... We ended up with 35 chicks. The old men hanging out at the local co-op talked us into more because they were straight run and they said we would end up with about 1/2 roos and 1/2 pullets. Well long story short we have had 35 babies in a box and a rubber made container I added a 1 gallon feeder in the large rubber made container until I could make it to town for a second small waterer.. When I set the water down I waived my hand under to get all the chicks out from underneath it... Well despite all of my efforts, I set the waterer down and walked away about 5-10 minutes later I went to change the paper towels and lifted the waterer up and there lay my largest RIR chick. I thought it was dead... I picked it up and it seemed dead but warm.. I blew in its face gently and the chick sprung up!!!! Well 2 days later it is still up and going strong the only thing is it shakes its head a little. I am glad I didn't kill the poor thing and now my husband said he just wont be able to dress it for the dinner table even if it is a roo, because I already traumatized it. They now call me the baby chicky murderer. They keep picking on me and every time I ask if the water needs changed they start blocking me from the brooder and make fun... BOY DO I HAVE A LOT TO LEARN.