This is our second time with baby chicks. First time we had a separate room for the chicks but it is now occupied by my son. I had thought we were going to keep the chicks in the garage but I'm afraid they would get too cold at night even with a heat lamp. We currently have them in a Rubbermaid brooder which is keeping the temp between 90-95 degrees. They are in my husband and my office which is already very hot due to many computers and other work items.
Question: I know they grow quickly and won't be able to stay in the Rubbermaid container for a long period of time. How long do you think they will be ok in this size set up? What do you recommend after this? We used a dog crate for a while with our last ones. For our climate (we are in Bothell, WA) how long do you think they need to remain inside? We will be integrating them in to an existing flock. I believe our last we wait 12-16 weeks. We are still getting 60 degreeish weather but 40s at night. In 12 or so weeks it will be July and much warmer. Two of the chicks are silkies, one barred rock and one Americauna.
If you could post pictures of your simple brooder set ups and in between solutions before they go outside, I would be forever grateful.