So I don't have my chicks and ducks yet - but I have ordered them to arrive in August (I know a long time away) But I want to be prepared. I don't want to spend a ton of money for a brooder that won't be used for that long, and on looking around the house, I struck on the shelving in my daughters room She has a set of these: http://www.stacksandstacks.com/html/90296.htm WOuld those work if I laid it flat - no shelves on the inside, just made up to a large square? I would put cardboard on the floor and a few inches up on each side so there was no mess - or little mess outside the brooder. Heating: Do I have to buy a brooder lamp or can I use a regular light? or perhaps a small space heater to warm it up? Flooring: I see most use paper towels for a couple of weeks, thats great (easy to clean up) Do you layer a bunch down and then lift a row every day, or do you take out the dirty and put down new each time? Feeding and watering: Can I use small plates etc.... instead of buying special dishes and waterers? I know to put some marbles or something in the water so they don't drown, are there any other tips? (I'll steal a dish from the cats or the kids!) Handling the chicks: I just KNOW my kids will want to hold the chicks ALL day, please let me know what the time limits are for chicks to be out of the brooder for holding time! Can we take the chicks outside on a warm day to pick around in the dirt, is there an age limit? I think those are all my questions, please give me ideas or tips if I have forgotten anything... and THANK YOU!