I'm getting ready for chick and was wondering about the thermometer situation. We don't have a standard one but we do have a "gun style" laser thermometer that's very accurate, im worried now though that it could freak out the littles. I'm using the Brinsea 20 so it's not a placement issue. I'm picking my new ladies from a local store so I could always buy a normal one there (to add to my shopping list lol). I did laser the underneath part and got temps ranging from 98 to 89, I have the brinsea higher at one end so the peepers have a range to choose from.