I have brooded chicks in the basement, and hated the work and the smell of two dozen. I swore I would only ever use a broody mom. My husband wants to dramatically increase flock size over the next 8 months as part of a holistic multi-species intensive grazing system (yes, chickens are a gateway drug--we now have 6 head of cattle--2 dairy heifers and 4 for eating, a goat, 8 pigs, and a duck). We are getting ready to order 60-100 pullets and have been looking for a better way to set things up. I think the mess and smell could be reduced by using chicken nipples, but I don't know how young chicks could be trained to them. Has anyone used nipple waterers for peeps? Thanks!