We received our chicks on Tuesday. It has been very interesting to watch them and see how in general they have such different personalities by breed. The 4 silkies tend to sleep/sit more and be more laid back. The buff orpingtons just do their own thing and ignore the rest. The EE's like to sit on everyone else's heads, jump into a group of sleeping chicks, peck everyone and every thing and cause all kinds of problems. They especially like to grab silkie legs and pull. The surprise packing peanuts (leghorns I think) like to launch themselves into the air but pretty much just take up a lot of space. The white crested polish bantams try to avoid it all. One of the polish has a hurt leg. She arrived with it but spent so much time napping we did not realize it at first. She cannot put one leg straight. I had to make a space for her away from the others. The EE's liked to jump on her. She is eating and drinking but is already obviously smaller then the others. I do not want to cull her if we can get her better. One day on her own and she seems to be more perky and getting around better. Between the surprise packing peanuts and now a segregated chick they have grown out of their brooder. I have to go modify a big dog crate this morning. Give them more space. Not to mention giving me a way to lock them in - the kids like to sneak in and play with them. This morning at 6:30 I found my two boys and 6 chicks playing on the floor of the porch. The only hard part of all this is trying to get the temperature right. The brooder is in an enclosed porch. The temps can go from high to low depending on the time of day. It seems like I am raising and lowering the heat lamp every hour.