My five chicks should be here tomorrow from MPC and I am excited beyond belief and a bit nervous. I think I am set up and ready but I have a few questions. I'm using pine shavings covered with pieces of a cut up bedsheet, medicated Nutrena chick start, Gro-gel + B, Quik Chik and the chicks will be in half of a 24"x36" dog carrier in the bathroom with a red heatlamp. Okay so far, I think, but my questions are....... 1) I use the Quik Chik for the first two weeks, do I add anything to the water after that, it will be well water if it makes a difference. 2) After how many days is it safe to remove the sheet and use only the shavings? I am afraid of the chicks ingesting the shavings. 3)Treats only after two(?) weeks and once they get treats, I need to give them grit, right? 4)I have this week off, but starting next Monday thru Thursday, I am gone for 12 hours at a stretch. Is that too long to leave them alone? I can possibly go to work earlier and take a full hour for lunch, but I live 25 minutes from work so I would literally run in, check them and run out. Is that necessary? Please let me know if anything seems amiss in my plans. Thanks so much. I have been lurking on this site for a while now and have learned so much from all of you! Oh, I am located outside of Raleigh NC and my order includes five different hens: BO, Australorp, Blue Cochin, Red Silkie Bantam, Buff Brahma Bantam. They were all chosen for their temperment.