Chicks are like babies and need to be kept warm. For those who choose to purchase chicks, several points should be kept in mind. Buy only good chicks from a reliable breeder or hatchery. Be prepared to spend considerable time in brooding these chicks, and have everything ready before their arrival.
Before the chicks arrive, make sure that the brooder is thoroughly cleaned and operating efficiently. Place your chicks in a large cardboard or wooden box that is approx 3' by 3' and draft free. Line the bottom with newspaper and then dry sawdust, shavings or crushed corn cob. Keep the litter dry by changing frequently. If someone in the family is handy and you can construct a box of wood or metal with a removable wire floor (small enough mesh to support tiny feet) that slides out for cleaning. This should be a good inch above a drop pan that also slides out. We use these and they are much more sanitary.