We went ahead and got the heat lamp and thermometers today, as well as a bottle of Nutri-Drench to keep on hand. I wanted to be able to play with the light a bit before we get the chicks next week to monitor temps. Here is the brooder thus far. We'll be getting the chicks, food, feeders and waterers the same day, and pine shavings. For the first few days, we're just going to use blue pads and paper towels. I can hardly contain my excitement and eagerness to get some chicks!! We also got one of these (North States play yard) for when they outgrow the brooder. It's 26" tall and with the extension pack, 34.4 square feet of space. Will be easy to put a cover over so they can't jump out, and allow some play time outdoors or just give some needed room inside.