I am expecting my first batch of baby chicks the week of the 31st!! I am new to this but wanted to make sure I have thought everything out! I also have a few questions! We have our coop ready and my husband has built a brooder up off the ground with a wire bottom in a corner of the coop. Should we use that or would a sectioned off part of the coop floor be better? We have no other chickens just a rabbit that also lives in the coop(obviously I would have to make sure the rabbit stays away from the chicks but thats where he is for now). Could I put the chicks in a big plastic tub with shavings for the first week or so and then move them out to the coop? Would that be ideal or should I start them out in the coop? Our coop floor is dirt(well its just the ground the coop was built over). I should put pine shavings in correct? How deep should they be? Anything else I should do to prepare the ground? Chick feed- I am leaning towards the unmedicated due to what I have read but is should I reconsider? I want to raise them organically but that will be near impossible since I can not afford the $40+ a bag of feed(none local so it would have to be shipped in). Whats my next best option in terms of feed(or since I can't get organic does it really matter?). Do I need a specific heat lamp or will a reg. bulb do? I think that is all for now! I am really excited and can't wait!! Thanks in advance for the help!