This is my first time raising chicks and so far so good. Ordered 12 from Ideal, got 23... 9 production red males for warmth and 2 extra pullets. 4 Australorps, 4 Java, 4 EE's, and 2 silver Sebrights total. Ok so they are 2 weeks and one day old today and I have been trying to lower the temp in the brooder by 5 degrees each week. I tried lowering the temp to 85/88 yesterday/today and they just huddled together all of the time and didn't seem too happy, so I raised the temp back to about 91/93. Should I force the issue? Ambient temp in room is about 60 and temp is 93 under the light now and they are super happy. Secondly, thinking I was getting 12 chicks with maybe a couple extra for warmth.... And then receiving 23 will probably cramp everyone's space. The brooder is 30" by 48". Any suggestions for a larger area or when they might need a larger area? Still about six inches of snow on the ground and cold so outside is not possible.