Hiiiiiiiiiiiii Yall!!! So I'm new here Reading non-stop for the last few days. TONS of terrific information here We'll be getting our first batch of chicks in a few days (hopefully). Just put in an order from Ideal, waiting on a delivery date so I can contact my Post Master. We will be getting 2 Pearl Guinneas, 10 Assorted SR chicks, 5 Welsummers and 4 White Crested Blue Polish SR (thought the kids would like the chicks with "hats" ) I tried for a local feed store for chicks, but no one carried em Since I'm "obsessing" over this, being a first timer and all... I wanted to make sure I have everything set up as best as possible, and have everything I'll need... So far, I have a good size tote for them to brood in, it will be lined with newspaper, covered in shavings (PINE! of course ), with paper towels for a couple days (so they don't eat em ) and a feeder that will have starter feed (? I get that right? ) and a shallow waterer so the won't drown. Of course, a heat lamp and thermometer for temp control.. starting at 95ish deg and goin down 5deg each week.. unless the chicks show me differently (crowding under the light or panting/wing flapping). I'll be keeping an eye out for pasty butt, and lethargy/appetite issues as well, just incase... I'm thinkin we might end up with some roos. Hubs and I have devised a plan... we're gonna build a roosting area for them, on the opposite side of the "pen" the nesting boxes are in, with the ability to divide it into 2 seperate area's if needed. My hope is to eventually have some meaties.. though we'll see how things mesh out here after a while. Do I have most everything covered? Missing something? Am I just nuts? Thanks so much for any help yall can give me!!