We have 3 chicks that were Easter presents for my boys from grandparents. We weren't given a heads up, so we're learning this as we go... They're 9 days old. Their "brooder" is a large Rubbermaid tote w/ pine shavings, feeder & water bowls on opposite ends, & a red-bulb heat lamp clamped to the top of the bin. I don't have a thermometer in the brooder, but they don't huddle together & seem to be calm... So I'm assuming they're comfortable. I read that the more you pet/hold/touch them the more tame they'll be as they grow. I let my oldest two boys (6 & 4) hold them gently, but not longer than 2-3 minutes at a time. My question is how long can they be outside of the brooder & away from the heat? Can we let them "roam" in a closed area of the house? Also, we keep the temp in our house between 66 & 70, so I'm worried that may be too cool for the chicks to be out of the brooder an extended length of time.