Two months ago I ordered my chickens and since then I've had a countdown going on between me and all my friends. I was so excited there were only twelve days left I didn't realize there are ONLY TWELVE DAYS LEFT! Oh my... I've done SO much research, half of which was on BYC... But I want to double check seeing as I'll only have a couple of days to set everything up. 1). You do use paper towels as bedding in the brooder for the first 3 days right? 2). After that, I was planning on using pine shavings... I don't know what type to use or where I can buy some. There are plenty of feed and tack stores, but I wanted to know if I could use the same pine shavings bedding I use for my horses? I'm expecting not. 3). What type of light should I get??? 4). I've been hearing all sorts of different lengths of time for how long I keep the chickies in the brooder. How long did you? 5). I would like fertile eggs, but I'm not getting a roo. I'm worried about the noise levels... Are there any advantages to having a roo? Ok, that's all I have right now, but I'm sure there will be more.