Well...my eggs are coming up on hatching time this weekend and I have a few questions! I've never had chickens before so please bear with me...heh First...I'm trying to decide what to use in the brooder.....I use coconut fiber bedding for my pet mice as it is absorbant and has very good odor control....is there any reason I couldn't us it with the chicks?...Its also mold resistant and has some antibacterial properties. I need to find feed for the little ones....they will be seramas, so I understand that they need some extra protein...most things I've seen suggest mixing chick starter and game bird starter...Most chick starters seem around 20% and game bird around 30%. What protein level do they need?...would 26% be appropriate?...could I just get a turkey starter at 26%? Anyone know a feed store in the Allentown, PA area?...lol All I can find is TSC and they don't have a very wide selection...and I don't need a 50 lb bag of starter for no more than 8 chicks! I'm also trying to get a couple bantam ducklings (east indies and calls)...I know they can't have medicated feed...how different are their nutritional requirements otherwise?....should I keep them in a separate brooder so I can feed them separately (and let them make their watery messes!)? Sorry for the length...and thanks for any advice anyone can give!