I usually brood my baby chicks in the house for 5 weeks. We love it! Until they get so big that they make a big mess and start running around the house like Gremlins. Many of the chicks from my last batch got Gremlin names because of that. But when dealing with 300+ chicks, I knew the house was no place for that kind of fun! Although, it was super cold one night and my hubby said "we should just bring all those chicks in so they don't freeze. Wouldn't that be so fun"? I think I created a monster. Linda: Yes, I have seen loss expectations that large from chickens farms. I actually expected to lose more than 5. I am super happy that so far, I don't want to jinx things, loss has been low. I feel like taking the time to care for my chicks is worth it to protect my investment. Do I enjoy washing butts? No. Do I enjoy dropper feeding a baby in the chick hospital? No. But the more I save by doing it means the more money I make later when they lay eggs for me. I'm shocked that a chicken farm would just be okay losing 10-30% of their chicks. I suppose employees are doing the work and they don't care enough, maybe? I don't know but that just seems like a lot to lose to me! The chicks are all growing and being chicks. I am actually planning to extend their brooder size this weekend. Do you wonder how much feed 307 chicks eat? 50 lbs in one week. Ugh! They are also drinking at least 3 gallons of water each day. They have at least doubled in size. Little cutie patooties! Ralph: Just do it. Make Bert your indoor buddy. Get some Depends and hook that boy up. Your wife will love it in the end.