Hello everyone!! I'm pretty excited to be a part of this community, as my family & I are going to be first time chicken owners the beginning of April. We placed/reserved our order last night via Meyer Hatchery in Ohio and chose to go with Australorps, Buff Orpingtons, & Easter Eggers as we have children & want friendly, docile chickens that also tend to be good layers! We have close friends that have owned chickens for many years, who are helping my husband custom build our coop for when the time is right. That being said, could I get some pointers on the brooder? I am sure I will get varying opinions, but so far I have planned to use a large Tupperware box for their brooder. I really do NOT want to use anything cardboard. We will only have 6 chicks and the POTENTIAL brooder I found is 54gal size (42.5 x 21.5 x 19H) - do you all think this would be an appropriate size until able to move outdoors, or would we be looking at needing something even bigger after the first 2-3 weeks? We'd like to use something like shelf liner underneath pine shavings on the bottom, along with a heavy duty heat lamp/stand that my husband already owns! Do we NEED a rooster bar? Or when should this be implemented? We have ideas for easy construction within the brooder, but wasn't sure if it's necessary. Lastly, with feeder & waterer, are the basic "small" chick feeders sufficient until they move out to their coop, so long as we keep them filled at all times? Or will we also need to upgrade those at some point early on? Please be patient, I've done extensive research, but also find many varying things depending on the sites/area/person. I find myself coming back to this site most frequently, so I thought I'd just ask myself!! Thank you kindly!