Hi. Newbie questions. It has been ten + years since we had chickens, and much longer since we had chicks. They were my grandmothers and I just helped, I was a teen. My kids want chickens. If I use a large dog crate (the cage kind) as a brooder for a while, then switch to a kids plastic swimming pool surrounded by cardboard or a watermelon box is that large enough for 25-30 chicks? After that they when they are off the heat light they could just have the run of the hen house until old enough to go outside in the run. I know how much square feet per adult chicken that I need. We always had one breed (RIR's) - is there an advantage/disadvantage to getting all of one breed? I was thinking I would get Dominique or maybe BR but those surprise pullet deals look so fun to me.