On Monday, I received 26 day old chicks from Hoover Hatcheries (via my local Feed store) I was expecting to find 1 or 2 that didn't survive the trip but no they all were healthy. I have 3 RIR, 3 SLW, 3 White Leghorn, 3 Buff Orps, 13 Jumbo Cornish. I know I said 26 that's because I haven't figured out which one is the extra. I'm hoping it's an exotic. I started off by giving them water in the 1 quart waterer with about 1 cup of Pedialite. I don't know why I added the Pedialite but it sounded good to me. Maybe has too much sugar. I made sure each one of them drank water before I added the food which ended up being about an hour later. I'm feeding them the Duro or Durmo Chick starter which I purchased at Tractor Supply. My brooder is two 95 quart Rubbermaid containers which I mended together. I started with 100 watt bulbs but have since reduced it to 75 watt. Now, this may sound kind of dorky or geeky but I'm planning on placing one of my wireless web cameras in the brooder so I can watch them during the day. If I can figure out how to stream it to my web site I'll let everyone know. Anyway, my lie was to my two sons, (2.5 and 4.5 years old). When we discussed getting the chickens we were worried they would never want to eat "their pets". So I made a deal with my 4.5 year old that we'll keep a journal of who lays eggs and who doesn't. I told him if one isn't laying eggs then we have to get rid of it. I asked him what should we do with the ones that don't lay eggs, his response, "we should just eat them". Now, should I feel bad... Mainly, i want to thank all the wonderful people on this board. With all the messages I've been reading it has made this seem like a piece of cake. Father of 2 DS, 1 bird dog, 1 cat. Will my bird dog go cross eyed if she stares too long at the brooder.