My niece came with us to pick up the chicks from our local farm co-op. The chicks were ready to go, already in their little boxes that reminded me of Happy Meals (chicken nuggets, anyone?). I let my 5 year old son and niece hold the boxes on their laps on the way home, which was a bit nervewracking for me ("Hold onto your box! We're turning! Don't drop the box!").
As soon as we got the babies home, we quickly put them in the makeshift brooder we set up in the garage. The "brooder" is simply the name for the place where we will raise the babies until they finally grow feathers and can be moved outdoors. My husband screwed a few boards together to make a 3'x3' box. We set the box on a piece of plywood and filled it with pine shavings. The brooder lamp was lowered to keep them toasty warm. As I unloaded each chick, I dipped it's beak in water to teach them how to drink (seems like they would figure it out on their own, but all the books said I need to do this). At first, the chicks just huddled under the light. They were visibly cold and seemed a bit disoriented. After a few minutes though, they warmed up and started wandering around, drinking, eating and exploring their new home. We laid a piece of plywood overtop half the brooder box to give them a place to hide and escape the warmth of the lamp if they got too hot. Since we have dogs and cats, we were sure to cover the box with sturdy mesh to protect the chicks.
We are fortunate that our local farm co-op carries organic chicken feeds, which means were were able to purchase feed that contains no medications or GMO's. I'm not keen on either of those things entering my food supply. Almost all chick feeds are medicated, which I can see the need for if one was raising chicks in large quantities where disease outbreaks are caused by stress, overcrowding and unsanitatry conditions. However, for small scale poultry folks like us, it seems unnecessary to medicate animals "just because".