OK, so I have chickens, but have never done chicks, so I have some questions. I ordered 12 chicks from Ideal, so they are due to ship Wednesday (yay!) I have an old shipping crate I plan on making my brooder, it is 20in x 51 in (about just under 2 ft by just over 4 ft) will this be enough room for them? Should I put linelonium on the bottom to make it easier to clean (yes, it would be covered in shavings or pellets)? I am a little concerned because they will be coming in in the middle of my work week ( I work 12 hour days thurs-sat) so I am concerned that I won't get to check on the very much when they first get here. My boss is letting me off to go get them and set them up, but then I have to go back to work. So I won't be able to adjust temp or make sure they are drinking until I get home. Am I just being silly or overprotective? (I do plan on setting everything up tomorrow so I can try to adjust everything to have it right by the time they come) Also, When can I transfer them to live outside? I live in west GA, so temps don't start getting too bad until Jan, sometimes a few in Dec, but otherwise pretty mild for winter. And one more- I think they are gonna put some "packing peanuts" in, I have a friend who will take them when they are old enough to eat, but about how long will that be? And yes, I will post lots of pics when they come in! Thanks!