The postmaster called me about 7:45 to say my chicks arrived! He knew they were coming because I told him beforehand. When I picked them up I asked him if they had driven him crazy. He grinned and said they were cheeping like crazy, but he put them in the back part, turned off the light, and they shut up right away. They are 5 SL Wyandottes, 5 Partridge Rocks, and 5 Barred Rocks. I chose them because I wanted them to be fairly docile and winter hardy. I sprinkled their food on the toweling and they went for it right away. Then I put in a feeder and they started on that, too. The water was a little harder. I would dip their beaks in it, and some got into it right away. Others would then stand back stare at the container a moment, then tip over and take a nap. I guess, like our schools, the lesson was too exhausting for some. When I open the brooder door, they all come running to see what I am going to do next. They do not seem scared, but that may come, I suppose. They are in the garage and it is still cold here. The temp at one foot from the heat lamp center (250 watt) is 80F. They do not seem to stray past that point, even though there is plenty of room to wander. It gets into the mid-20's here every night, so I hope the heat lamp will do its job. I took some pictures, but.....the cord to connect the camera to the computer has climbed out of the drawer by the computer and walked off somewhere. Naturally no one has a clue where it might be! I am sure others of you NEVER have such problems in your houses where things mysteriously vanish. If it finally returns from wherever it went, I will post pictures!