I have an Aunt that used to work at a hatchery & i recall her giving us about 200 chicks for free because they were "overstock". It's been many years back, but we used a shed to brood them in. just an empty shed with heat lamps and all that baby stuff. i dont remember exactly how well it worked out for us though does or has anyone else here done this before? I CERTAINLY dont plan on keeping that many babies together, thats just asking for trouble... I plan on having seperated brooding areas for different hatches. they will probably be permanent fixtures, I have decided that cement floor is the safe way to go, instead of dirt. I would like to put the incubators out there also but i am worried about temp fluctuations. If anyone has ANY input on this idea of mine it would be greatly appreciated, I havent started it yet, i want to get everything in order & planned out first.