My husband and I have just welcomed home our 8 new little fuzz-balls, and are very excited! We have never raised chickens before. My thought is as long as they have heat, shelter, feed and water, how hard can it be? Then I started reading a lot of the posts on here about chicks dying and brooders being too small, and all the other awful things that can happen to my new baby chicks, and now I'm nervous. Am I missing something!? Here are pics of my brooder and my little fuzz-balls. Two of the chicks are a week older than the others. I think they are going to turn out to be white leghorns...? The others are 3 Red Sex Link pullets, and 3 straight run (I think that is the correct term) Plymouth Rocks. My husband is also going to get 6-8 grown hens from a friend who is giving away his chickens (he is military and got orders). My husband has the idea that we will cull (i.e. - supper) some of the older hens when the little ones grow up, as well as any roos we get out of the straight run chicks. Not sure how this is gonna work out! Anyway, any advice for a newbie would be greatly appreciated!