My 8 yr old inherited his grandma's chicken business when she died this spring. He is doing great and taking great pride in bringing me eggs to eat and eggs to hatch every day. Since he has been taking such good care of them I decided to let him order some day old baby chicks. They will be here Monday and the chicks in the incubator will hatch a week later. So, give me some ideas. We havea 16 x 24 chicken coop, new and predator safe, but I'm thinking that for the first week or 2 we should keep them in the house, just because I want them to imprint on him and get used to him. He ordered the colorful egg laying mix since he loves brown eggs the best and thinks it will be fun to have different colors. We currently have silkies and red bantam cochins. We have a brooder but its really not something I want to bring in our house so I'm thinking maybe an aquarium? We have an extra we can clean out and put shavings in and he has already rigged up a light to put over the top. Will that be OK for a week or so? Then what do I do with them? I'm so new to this. We have one baby chick that hatched under a broody hen. Its about 3 weeks old and we just left it with the hen and its fine. Has the run of the coop but goes back to mama whenever we come in. Can I give the other chicks run of the coop after a few weeks. Its so warm in WI this time of year that I'm sure the coop was at least 80 or so today.