I am totally, 100% new to chickens. Dogs, cats, reptiles, fish, etc. I have down, but not chickens. So what did I do the minute DH told me he would have our coop ready by the end of October? I ordered 25 chickens, of course! Since we moved to our acre property in March I have been researching them like mad, so I feel pretty prepared. DH and I have thoroughly discussed my/their coop needs, and we know what we're doing with our surplus roosters (freezer camp). I have several ideas for brooders (but could use more) and am going to start gathering supplies from TSC in the next week or two. What do y'all use for brooders? I want to brood them inside until the coop is finished. We have lots of predators, plus I live in Texas, so it's still hot-as-blue-blazes in October. I'd feel more in control of their temps if they're inside. I was thinking of using large rubbermaid tubs (we have a bunch of them) with wire mesh lids, but I think with this many birds I'd have to split them up after a few weeks. What are your thoughts on this? Would it make re-introducing them in the coop more difficult? Or am I just imagining things now? Also, what do you recommend having in your baby chick first aid kit? I'm planning on having Corid and Sav-a-chick on hand. Do I need anything else? Oh yeah, I ordered 12 SLW and 12 Ameraucanas (or EEs, as they're from Ideal). We wanted dual purpose birds that would supply us with eggs, as well as give us planty of meat once it's time to cull the roosters or the girls too old to lay. I'm SO excited!