Starting your chicks is simple and you will be trouble-free if you are prepared ahead of time. Keep a close eye on your babes the first few hours especially. Your new little fuzz balls will need to be indoors for 5-8 weeks. I keep them in a wash basin for the first few weeks then as they get bigger, I move the growing fowl into a pine box we built just for chicks. A cardboard box will work just fine. They need enough room to move around comfortably with a waterer and food tray. These little babies like it hot! A warm brooding lamp with a red heat bulb is best. Watch your chicks behavior. If they are all cuddled up under the light they are cold! If they are avoiding the light like the plague they are to hot and you should move the lamp up a little. Each week I raise the height of the lamp to lower the temperature about 5 degrees. Fresh, clean water is so important. Check it often! I feed organic chick starter. It has all the ingredients to give them a healthy happy start. I like to feed this mash for the first 16 weeks and then I will move them straight into layer pellets or crumbles. Oh, those little cute fuzzy chicks poop and poop a lot! They need their bedding cleaned often. I put down a layer of newspaper (this helps for a fast clean up) followed with pine shaving to absorb the smell, keep them dry and give them traction. Don’t use cedar shavings as they can contain toxins. I will change the bedding daily just by rolling up the newspaper with all the bedding and toss in the compost pile. Never let your babies stay in wet bedding! Once they have a full plumage of feathers they can be put out into the coop. If the weather is still cold I will put out the heat lamp for a few more weeks to get them acclimated to the new temperatures. Depending on the breed of chicken you will be getting your first eggs when your beauties are around nine months old. That’s a day you will remember!