Hello! As part of my second and third grade unit on birds, my 7th grade unit on curvature, and my 9th grade unit on genetics, We've hatched ourselves some eggs. some of the chicks will be ultimately added to my own backyard flock, some will go to one of my students' flock, and some to my grandfather's flock. I'd like to keep the chicks in a brooder in my classroom for a time, but I'm not sure what length of time would be best. I want the students to be able to watch them grow some, but I also can't keep them in there to the point where they will outgrow a modestly sized brooder or be loud enough to fully distract my students from the lesson at hand. My questions are: what is a cheap, easy brooder setup for a classroom, minimizing burns from heat lamps and stress to chicks? How long should I keep them in my classroom before they head off to their respective homes? As I'm certain my students will want to handle the chicks, what age should the chicks be prior to being held? I've used a Rubbermaid tub-style brooder at home but I'm wondering whether I should do anything differently for one sitting on tile floor in a giant room full of often loud and excited children. Also, I live in central PA where the weather is cold and the wind is brutal, so I think they won't be able to go outside for a while? I've not had my chickens during a winter yet though, so I'm not certain on that. Thank you!