With so many new members, it's easy to get lost in the crowd. But I wanted to personally say "Welcome to BYC". You'll love it here. Lots of helpful and friendly people. If you're new to this site, you're probably also new to raising baby chicks and have lots of questions. Feel free to ask away. We wouldn't want to intimidate or scare you away or keep you from posting in any way. We have all been new and asked simple/silly questions that were very IMPORTANT to us at the time so we understand what you're going through. It can be scary taking these tiny little lives in your hands and knowing they depend on you. Oh no, have I gone and scared you further? Sorry - it can be scary and fun at same time. While there are many experienced chicken lovers on this site it will help us to answer your questions quicker and more accurately if you would post as much information as you have about the issue at hand. There is also a SEARCH button that can be used to help locate information needed in a rush or when you haven't received a prompt answer. But we know you're not here to research raising chicks - you're here to TALK about raising chicks - and SO ARE WE. We LOVE to talk about chicks - so please, talk away, post away, post pictures, ask questions, join a chat - have fun. Sometimes you'll need advice and you'll get a dozen different answers and you'll just have to toss a coin and choose what's right for you. Sometimes you'll need compassion and sympathy because of a sick or dying chick. Sometimes you might just want to vent about life in general or share stories about your family and other pets. There's a link for every topic. Again, WELCOME - take off your shoes and stay awhile. We love having you here. Monique "Ruth"