Chickens are a great pet and a great source of your own free range eggs. Each chicken has its own personality. They come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Once you have decided to purchase chicks you should know they are very fragile. They need preparation just like any living animal.
Before the anticipated arrival date or pick up day, their new home needs to be ready. A brooder is a device for housing baby animals. A box with a heating source, which maintains a steady temperature. For chicks they need heat to mimic the underside of a hen. The temperature should be at 90° F (32° C) with cool areas no less than 70° F. The brooder should be free of drafts and dampness. (Check temperature with a thermometer).
Bedding for the brooder could be shredded paper, newspaper, wood shavings or straw (at least 2 inches deep). The chicks will need to have a clean environment. Keep the bedding dry and change as necessary.