We decided to raise chickens, did our research first and ordered a hardy breed (Light Braham). Sounded like a fun project. Then reality set in. We'll be getting 25 female chickens in about 3 weeks. Yikes! The more I read, the more difficult this whole endeavour sounds. One hatchery recommends paper on top of the shavings for the first three days (which makes perfect sense to me b/c they won't be tempted to eat the shavings), another hatchery strongly discourages any kind of paper because their legs could be deformed. Again, that point makes also sense to me. Any preference here on this forum? Any words of encouragment for a newbie who feels she's in over her head? Also, should the dogs be introduced to the chickens at any given point?