Hey ya'll. New to chickens. I have 2 layers, 2 pullets in a coop and now 18 chicks in a indoor brooder. I'm using a large dog crate (plastic with metal door) and a Brinsea EcoGlo 20. I can see that the current dog crate is not going to be a long term brooder for all 18. I've already purchased a second EcoGlo 20 and while its DO-able... putting both in the current crate I have is getting very crowded. So I'm faced with the dilema: Split the flock into two crates ( chicks are going on week 2) or Use a large Cardboard box with a window screen on top. I REALLY like the security of the dog crates...especially since we have cats and dogs in the house. We keep the brooder in our bathroom with the door closed, but *things* happen and with 2 small kids in the house I just feel better with more secure brooders. But what consequences of splitting the flock (which will go into the same coop eventually) now? My first time, so I have a lot of questions. Forgive me!