Hi there, I'm a brand new member of this group, after reading lots of posts over the past couple weeks I have decided to join and ask for advice. We had a devastating fire on our property last August in which all our outbuildings were burned to the ground, our chicken coop included. All of my chickens perished in this fire. We have spent the past 6 months doing demolition and clean-up, and we've recently started rebuilding. Our new coop will be finished in a couple of weeks, and I have chicks scheduled to arrive in April. I've had chickens for a long time, but my concern is that I've never had so many chicks at once before. I've had up to 8 chicks at a time, because we've always had some adults around at the same time. Since I'm having to start completely over, I've ordered 30 chicks. It's been a few years since I had any chicks, and usually we have hens to tend them. I'm a bit stressed thinking I might lose a few because there will be so many to tend. Are there any risks with raising this many chicks together? For the first two weeks they will likely be kept in the house downstairs inside a wooden box 4 feet square and about 18 inches high. I planned to use pine shavings for the substrate while they are in the house for easy cleaning until they can be moved out into the coop. Is there anything special I should arrange for them aside from the basics of a heat lamp, food and water? I feel kind of silly being so stressed about keeping a bunch of baby chicks alive, but I am concerned that the disease and mortality rates go up when you have higher numbers of chicks together.