Hi All, This site has been a wealth of information as I have been googling and setting up my brooder, questioning everything my chicks do and for general "is this normal" questions. I'm about 2 weeks into raising chicks and decided to join. Thank you all for the wonderful information, anecdotes and help with this journey! EDIT: We are currently raising 8 pullets(fingers crossed) from tractor supply- 3 Barred Rock and 5 Buff Orpinton (we think- the girl wasn't 100% sure on the buff colored chicks. Internet sleuthing led me to land on Orpingtons) and 4 unsexed silkies- a white and a black showgirl, a splash and a pure white. The chicks are living in our spare bedroom right now in a home made brooder with pine litter (come on spring, get here!). Currently looking at coop design to build a coop/run, but realistically might have to purchase because time is precious and it is too cold and wet to build outside right now. Any suggestions are welcome!