I am looking for a good brooder to put together for the chicks I will be getting in a few weeks. I am wanting it to be pretty good size because my husband has to still build our coop. My thoughts on a brooder: I am thinking a galvenized horse trough? So newspaper at the bottom and one section of a few pine shavings. Water (does anyone do sugar water when feeding with the medicated chick feed?), the medicated chick feed and then a top/lid on it made out of just wire and wood and a hook latch. They will be in the garage. Cat is the only other thing in there so will need to just make sure the cat can't get in. She is old anyways. Will this work? How long will they be ok in there? If a horse trough wont work what else will? Also what is the temp I need to keep them at and what is the range and age to slowly get them use to the outside? This might be posted somewhere on this board already? (Breeds I will have White leghorn, Light Brahmas, RIR and Buff orphington. I will have two roosters to total 15 chicks. ) What kind of light do you typically use and do you use a special feeder and waterer for chicks? PS I live in the Pacific Northwest. So weather isn't really too cold. I would love to see pics of your brooder!