Have been reading voraciously here & elsewhere. Like others starting off, I need advice, knowledge,ideas, encouragement- and I like the idea of keeping a journal of sorts. I guess I should see if that's allowed before I bog up anyone's feed, but I think you can block me if I get annoying. But since I get a dead-eyed stare from ppl when I start talking birds, I appreciate you all! So this is week #3. In total, I've received 2 batches of 12 guinea keets. From batch #1, I have 2 left, from batch #2, 4 left. Any newbies reading, these survived w/the help I've received here, so by all means, bookmark this space. If you ended up w/guineas for tick control, forewarning, they'll become far more than a natural insecticide to you, and quickly. 1. The nonslip shelf-liner in the brooder topped with papertowel was a good idea, until we had a bout of the runs. Then you learn how absorbant your papertowel is or isn't. I remembered that I still had some lg pads left from my husband's surgery- the kind hospitals use for incontinence or wound drainage? I put one of those in the pool this a.m. for breakfast (explain in a sec), and quickly decided I would be getting more of these. 23x36 50 ct @ amazon 13.00. I'd throw in a box of gloves for yourself, but that may just be me. 2. Take note of what you see most suggested in threads, and stock up before you need it, because chances are, you're gonna need it - and chances are when you need it, nobody in your area sells it,even when you're surrounded by cornfields. So my order this a.m. included 1st aid supplies that I realize now that I may need at some point, or in fact, needed last night: Like Blue Kote for my poor lil avatar keet who gets pecked at by the only one in the crew who has a name- Lil Peckerhead. And Nutri-Drench that I was told to get in the beginning but couldn't find locally. Getting it now incase moving to coop eventually is stressful (if we get to that point after my struggles, losing anyone then will crush me). Other things I ordered that ya'll can cheer or critic are Hen Healer Ointment, which looking again, appears to be a variation of Blu-Kote so oops or you can never have enough. Whichever. Vet Rx, which I look forward to hearing those cheers or jeers on, bc . And Manna Pro Poultry Protector for mites,lice & fleas,which seems an anomaly for bug eaters, but - I don't want them. I probably didn't need to order all of this online, but some of it I did,and it's pouring today, so -one stop shopping it is. The pool- our set up outside will have a hardcloth floor, so I got the smallest baby pool for their dustbath. In the meantime, it's their dining rm. I have it clean & set up in advance,move them there to eat while I clean out the brooder & then just sit back & watch them for awhile, bc seriously, . The 2 older ones are supposed to only be 2 weeks old. They've begun short flight, right out of the pool, but run to me. I put a screen over the far end of it to discourage this. I'm beginning to have my doubts abt "day old keets shipped" bc of the size diff between batch 1 and batch 2 and between those in batch 2. QUESTION-dustbath- all DE or mixed, w/what & ratio?How deep shld it be, how often does it get changed? Do they still need mite spray w/DE? Dire warnings I've read is that being wet is hazardous to keets. Apparently, nobody ever told THEM that, as they were hopping into waterer and splashing it everywhere- and then the contamination issue. Waterer pitched. I got those cups used in coops & put 2 in a lemonade jug, using Gorilla vinyl waterproof contact adhesive. It was a learning curve - don't used superglue. The cups will still work but your plastic jug will leak due to superglue eating hole in it. Feeder pitched as well. I'll have to come up w/a plan for outside, but for now they're having fun pecking in the pool. - pictures in my album. The next part I hesitate to mention bc . When the runs began, I was. Didn't know why it was happening, didn't see blood or worms, but - did I mention I have grandkids? Worms are def an ah hail NO situation. So I got the Strike whatever & was promptly told that was a waste. Corid, cornfields, chickens....not sold locally. Yes, I could order it, but this was not something I felt I could wait on. So...I got them a 5 lb bag of medicated chicken starter. (Ducking- let me know when you're done throwing tomatoes & I'll continue). So, this is day #3 eating that instead of gamebird starter (do I even need to mention I can't find medicated gamebird starter, even though everything suggests that it DOES exist?). I can tell it's helped both by their appearance and their droppings. Someone is still having issues, so not ready to stop it just yet, but definitely a crisis averted. QUESTION: If I'd gone w/the Corid, the tx period was 5 days, wasn't it? So should I stop this at 5 days? Since it seems to have helped, should I tx w/this monthly? I think that's what the Corid said to do? Obvi I'm not going to cont using this all the time, wrong protein % and I have 50# of gamefowl starter to get through. I'm skeptical of mixing the 2 because #5 vs #50 would be a lopsided & uncontrolled ratio. QUESTION: When they go in the coop, with the hardcloth floor- should there be an area of it with something soft so they aren't always on wire, or are the roosts sufficient? It seems like shavings or straw/hay would fall through w/o something solid under it? I think that covers everything for now. One of the older 2 roosted on my arm today for the first time. I took the heating pad out and put the warming plate back in now that it's time to ⤵ temp. to give them more room to run around.