New to meat birds here. Our layer chicks we received last year were past brooder stage when we got them (about 4wks old). So, this is new to me! I'm working on dimensions now. Got 25 Freedom Rangers on order for delivery April 13th. I figure that'll give me a few weeks to figure out a super brooder, perhaps re-useable, perhaps not. Our barn is un-heated, not well insulated space - with no large animals to help heat up the space. The chicks will spend the first week in the house in a huge rubbermaid tub with a lid. The next two-three weeks, they'll need a bigger brooder. But what?! I've searched the Brooder images on the 'Raising Baby Chicks' section of the forum. Saw two I really thought might work: 1. a kids' swimming pool with fencing on sides and top to create a round 3' tall brooder. 2. a watermelon crate from grocery store. Obviously one-use only. I'm hoping to put the chicks in salatin-style tractor at 4 weeks (weather permitting). Maybe 5 weeks. But that's a whole lotta BIG chicks in a fairly small space for a fairly long period of time. Are the above two brooders big enough? What works for you? Opinoins and input please.