I'm extremely excited, and I just had to share! I don't know anyone else who has chickens (or wants chickens, for that matter), and my friends and family think this is an odd phase of mine. No one else understands my excitement, lol. But I know you guys will! I'm getting 8 chicks total tomorrow: 1 female dominique, 1 female golden campine, 3 st. run mille fleur d'uccles, 3 st. run white crested black polish. I set up my brooder last night in my laundry room. It's a cardboard box that previously held a dining room chair. It's 13in. high, 20in. wide, and 39in long, and I plan on putting hardware cloth over the top. I have a 10in heat lamp with a 250watt red bulb suspended from a clothing rack over one end of the box, and a digital thermometer clipped to the side of the box under the lamp. In two hours the temp. got to 90*. I plan on putting an old bath towel in there, with paper towels on top until Saturday, when I'll switch to newspaper, pine shavings, and paper towel on top. I'm using a saucer with a heavy, overturned ceramic bowl as their waterer, and an egg carton as their feeder. Already have the organic feed ready to go, and I'm going to follow Ideal's suggestion of mixing a little sugar into their water for the first day or so. If I can figure out how the heck to post pictures on here (cause I've tried and it just isn't working for me!), I will put some of my brooder set-up on here. I'm gonna be a chicken farmer!