My six chicks are here! Finally! I feel as though I've survived a ten month pregnancy waiting for them, they were back ordered so many times! But it gave me time to think over the brooder issue. A week ago someone on this forum mentioned the problem of the babies being afraid of the "big hand" grabbing them from up on high and not being able to reference the big hand with the entire human. Having raised two previous batches of chicks in homemade appliance box brooders, I was familiar with this problem. Then it came to me - why not elevate the box and cut a door into the side? It would save my back when cleaning and visiting, and it would address the inborn chicken instinct to fear anything approaching from the sky. So I got a box, put it on my drawing table in the back bedroom, and cut the top off. Then I cut the door into the side, leaving just a scored third side at the bottom for the door hinge. I attached two popsicle sticks at the top with machine screws and nuts for latches. I cut a window into the other side and taped clear plastic over it to let natural light into the box from the window behind it. Later, when one precocious two day old chick tried to hop out, I taped some nylon window screening across the bottom of the door. So far it appears to be working great! It's much easier to visit the babies and they seem completely unafraid when I reach in and pick them up to cuddle since they can see the entire chick mama and not just a giant, scary hand! By the way, I got two Black Cochins, two Americaunas, and two Golden-laced Wyandottes. Morgan, Dagney, Rachael Corrie, Joyce, Francie, and Sue, respectively. Although Joyce sure acts like a rooster.