Surprise! The order I thought would arrive in mid-September is coming next week! We've pulled together all the brooding supplies (10 gal aquarium, feeder, waterer, thermometer, towel, starter feed) except the heat source. I've read the posts about why not to use a heating pad, but I wonder why it wouldn't work to put the pad under only half of the tank, so the chicks can move to the other side if they feel hot. Any more experienced folk ever tried this? I have a heating pad (which makes it convenient), plus I read the article in this month's Backyard Poultry that says chicks born in August and later need a controlled light source or they'll mature too fast for good laying health. The heat lamp would be on 24/7. How fancy do I honestly need to go?