So, I finally talked my mom into letting me get chickens. She said I could have 3 max and didn't care what I did so long as SHE didn't have to be taking care of them. No problem : D. So, now I'm wondering, what should I use for a brooder and supplies? There is a feed store about 30 minutes away from home where I can buy chick feed, but they don't have heat lamps or bulbs. I was wondering if i could use an electric heater pad that is about 8 inches by 6 inches. I used this pad to brood a baby duck and it gets 93-98 degrees when on high. I measured that with my aquarium thermometer and it's pretty accurate. So I'd like some opinions on that over a bulb. I also want to know if I could use a 29 gallon aquarium to put the chicks in? And do I have to use pine chips for liter or could I use maybe clean sand(aquarium/beach) or shredded newspapper?