So I got nine chicks today, all about 6-7 days old. I'm still relatively new to chickens as a whole, much less to babies. I am not, however, new to taking care of baby animals, and since I was a child I've cared for puppies and kittens. (Some of them on the brink of death, and I had to revive them.) I'm aware with it being so close to Easter, a lot of people are buying chicks for the novelty, but I promise that this isn't the case with me. I know I'm prepared to care for the chicks, especially with the time I need to devote to them. I read some stuff that already gave me plenty of information, but I'd love to hear any feedback or additional information that anyone may have. These chicks are my pets, and solely my responsibility, so I want to make sure I'm giving them the best. Here's the setup I've got for them so far: They're all in the same brooder that we will be upgrading in size as they get bigger. They've got a feeder and accessible water that we made sure they can't drown in. They've got about an inch of pine shavings to scratch around in, paper towels under that, and some additional padding under that. They've got a heat lamp set at enough distance to make the brooder 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The brooder is in my bedroom, where none of our other animals are allowed until these chicks grow up and can go outside. That way, they're under constant supervision (I'm always home and always in my bedroom). As far as we know, they're all female. The woman we bought them from has been raising them organically, and we went ahead and bought the feed from her that she'd been giving them so they didn't have to adjust to a new diet. If you have any suggestions on any additions I should make to the brooder, or anything I need to change, I'd love to hear it! I've also got a few questions: 1. How often do I handle them, and how much handling is too much? I'm giving them as much space as I can, since they're so young and still new to the environment, but they are my pets, and I want to make sure they're used to humans and tolerant of handling once they get older. 2. How often do I check for pasty butt? 3. How often do I clean the brooder? 4. Also, information that I can't seem to find anywhere: How hardy are chicks this age? I know that across all species, infants have high mortality rates, and once they reach a certain age, they tend to be "out of the woods." Is there a certain age for chicks when I can expect their risk of death is much lower? The woman we bought them from was careful to make sure we got chicks that weren't too small, and she takes great pride in how well she raises them, so I'm not too concerned. But I've also been told that chicks tend to die really easily. I just want to be prepared if that's the case. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this!