New to backyard chicks. The wife and I just got 6 little peepers who are only about 5 days old. After 5 days of stinking up the house despite daily crate cleanings, the wife would very much like to create an outdoor solution.
We currently have them in a 30 gallon rubber maid tote with a small feeder and waterer and about 2 inches of pine shavings. If I put them on the porch, secure the top with hardware cloth for the cats, cover 80% of the top with a sheet of plywood( also secured) to retain heat and keep out the drafts, and have two lamps shining in the side, will that be sufficient to brood them outside? Lows this week get as far down as 42.