Has anyone successfully reared a large number of chicks without a standard type brooder? I've often wondered if using feather dusters in a warm/enhanced warmth area would be sufficient for raising new chicks. I'd be open to anyone with thoughts on this. I've been thinking of a straw/hay bale box with a partial lid where featherdusters were suspended to provide the surrogate momma. My thought is that sufficient chicks with sufficient feathers would retain heat much like a down blanket. If someone has done something like this I would sure like to know. I have other thoughts on it, but would like to know if anyone has tried something like it? Thanks!!