We recently moved and have 5 acres of land. We have started clearing land to build a chicken pen. We have two previously used chicken houses that need fixed up. We will finish clearing this fall and build in early spring. I want to get some baby chicks to raise until they have a pen. how long can you keep chicks in a metal tub or other storage type container? My hubby said they will be able to fly out before the pen is built. I'm hoping to have it done by early March. The clearing is the hard part. The pen can be built in a day. We have a big detached garage that I would keep them in with the necessary heat lamps. Is this even possible? Should I wait and just buy young hens when it's built? I really wanted to raise them with my 3 year old. Any advice is appreciated!