, I have been lurking on your pages for about 8 weeks now and wanted to thank you for all your help. You have walked me through my first six weeks with the 25 chicks that came in the mail. I haven't lost one. They are now in their coop that I made bigger on your advise to build bigger!!! from the get go. so they have a 10 x 10 coop now with plans for a 5-6 ft x 30 outside run. (still in the planning stage but the coop was important after the 5th week when the chickens started smelling because the wood chips was getting kicked into the water, The plastic water bottle would get a a fowl odor. (pun intended). I started them on starter/ grower and grit tonight. and their first ever scratch. they went crazy for it even the roo's were eating out of my hand. I was supposed to get 25 pullets but ended up with 21 pullets and 4 roo's. They were kinda ticked off because of the grit. I put it in a feeder that was already there and put up a new feeder with the food and they all thought it was the food at first and ran over and started chomping away and then started making noises and complaining I guess. I have a question about the grit though, Will the chickens understand what it is for? and The oyster shells are for after they start laying? for the calcium? The scratch at night to keep them warmer? Your cheap brooder ideas were great. I already miss the chicks humming that came from the brooder. they kinda purred instead of peeping.