I hatched 6 RIR chicks from an incubator 1 week ago. So far I have them in a brooder (a large plastic storage tub with a hardware cloth lid) under a heat lamp. I didn't really want to brood them in the house this time, but I hadn't come up with another solution by the time they hatched. I would like to move them to the garage for a week or two, and then out to the coop with my 3 grown hens. I came upon the MHP thread and bought a heating pad but I have terrible spatial skills and can't figure out how to build something proper with what I have. I build this pen over the summer as a diy broody buster and my thought was to put this in the coop with the chicks in there. It's a simple wood frame I nailed together and stapled chicken wire over. The top isn't stapled down in one corner and can be bent back for getting in and out. I have chicken wire, press and seal, carpet scraps, a few pvc lengths, and some scrap wood. They are 1 week old and I've been keeping the lamp pretty far away and trying to get them used to a lower temp. The thermometer is reading about 85 degrees in the lamp side of the brooder, and they aren't huddling under it. I would like to transition them to the garage in the next few days, ditching the lamp for a heating pad. And then after a week or two in the garage, put them out in the coop. I am also concerned about the hens picking on them. I read a post about making a door bignore enough for the chicks but too small for the hens so they can get away and hide if needed. But I'm unsure how to implement this all. I don't want to kill my chicks! Nighttime temps now are in the 30's and 40's here, but a month from now will likely be 20's-30's with possibility of cols snaps in the teens and single digits. I dont know how long i would need the heating pad out there or what the requirements for the chicks would be at 5 weeks. My last batch of chicks got evicted from tye the house at 6 weeks but it was June by then and very warm.