Hello all: My family and I just got our first chicks yesterday. Sadly, one of them died last night but the others seem to be doing fine (see my post in the Emergencies/Diseases forum for more info). We are brand new and totally inexperienced in this hobby and hoping this forum will help answer all our silly questions. Firstly, I want to make sure I have the brooder set up right. The chicks are all a week and half old. Two Araucanas and one Rhode Island Red. The one that didn't make it was a Silver Laced Wyandotte and we will likely replace her today. We made a brooder from a large plastic storage box and set it up in the garage. It has pine shavings as bedding, a slotted feeder and a waterer. The heat light is in the corner opposite the food/water. They seem to be happy. All are eating, drinking, napping and pooping. They are peeping more than I expected but they seem to be quiet when we're not there and start making noise when we go look at them. Seems good right? Second, is there anything I should do when the temp here is supposed to be 100 degrees today? Do I remove the heat lamp when it's that hot? Finally for today, I have some questions about vitamins and food? We want organic eggs without antibiotics so I got unmedicated feed. Will that be ok or should I do medicated for a while longer and then switch? Also, should I give vitamins and if so which ones, how much and should I put them in water? Thanks for all your help.