I need to fashion or acquire a brooder large enough for 50 chicks...I am hoping to put it outside simply because I can't think of anywhere in my house that I can put something large enough for 50 chicks... We have an outdoor cinder block building, with a garage and a couple of rooms downstairs, and upstairs is all open and is my present chicken coop..anyway there is a large potato bin also made out of cinder block inside one of the rooms, and I am thinking they might be able to brood in there...It would be safe, and I could keep it warm, but it probably won't be big enough for the whole time...15 of the birds are going to be separate from the others, so I guess I could put 15 in something and the other 35 somewhere else...I am not sure on the dimensions of the potato bin, but I feel like it is probably 4'x2' and probably 3 ft tall. so could the 35 fit in there and perhaps the other 15 in the largest rubbermaid I can find? I am just trying to get all my ducks in a row before I get my chickens...Lol. I am so excited and I need to do something to take my mind off the waiting, what better way then getting everything all ready? So..time to get building. Yay! I don't have any hardware mesh, so I will have to get some to build a lid for the potato bin, and I'll go tomorrow and get the bin all cleaned out and take some pictures so you guys can give me some advice...but I was wondering how much space I need for 50 chicks, or a split of 15 chicks and 35 chicks. They really need to be able to stay in these establishments until I can get a couple more coops built. I want to build at least one 8x8 that will be for the 15 birds we talked about earlier, but could I not use that as like an intermediate coop until all the chicks are around 8 weeks old and then I will put 35 of them into the big coop with the other chickens? I know the chicks will need heat until they are fully feathered so I would have to put something in there to warm them...Jeez. I didn't really think about what I would need for 50 chicks.