Hi all, we're expecting up to 10 day olds mid april - our first younglings. We had a broody hen last season but she hasn't started setting yet. I thought it would be nice if she would raise them up but not counting on it. We have an enclosure we used for our bearded dragon that we were going to bring out for the chicks. Should be great to start but they may get tight later on. I read that we are supposed to gradually reduce heat- If we clamp the lamp to the middle, and gradually bring it to one end - do you that that would work? I worry about the transfer to the outdoors when raised in the house - but I suppose by the time they are feathered it is ok and by then we'll be into late spring here. Do I need to worry? They may or may not be vaccinated - she'll let us know. If vaccinated you want to stay away from medicated feed? I think we're on the right path....ducklings will be hatched late April with any luck - but mamma duck is taking care of them. We're an aussie kind of hobby farm - australorps and australian spotted ducks. thanks!