I am getting my girls first week of April (Soooooo excited). I ordered from Ideal and have 9 Ameraucanas and 2 black Australorps coming. Anyway I called and told one of my friends who is kind of country, raises horses and breeds dogs, and she said I would be lucky if I have 6 make it and that she gave up on chicks because they all die. I told her that I understand that I may loose a few but that sounds like an awful lot. I asked her what she did with her chicks and she brooded them in the barn and let them free-range in the horse pasture at a few weeks old unsupervised. She said a hawk got a lot of them. To me this sounds like she wasn't taking the best care of them, but this is my first chick adventure. So what is a normal amount of loss? I am brooding them in my home, ordered the gel chick starter to help with dehydration, bought the chick feed, pine bedding, heat lamp, feeder, and waterer. Am I missing anything important? I don't want to kill my girls out of ignorance.