Hello, This is my first post here... I do not own any chickens yet but hope to in the spring and in the meantime I am learning and preparing as much as possible. I have to say that this is much different territory as to what I am used to as I was a hobby Pomeranian show breeder. You don't often come across puppies in the same catalog as "barbeque special" (hahaha!) Ok, I really want to do this right, preferably the first time, so that is why I was considering a GQF Universal Box Brooder. I absolutely do not want to raise chicks in the house as I have young children (and I'm a germ-a-phob) so this would fit nicely on my porch. I also like the idea of a steady thermostat since it will be outdoors. Here's my dilemma... It says it can hold up to 50 four week old chicks and best I understand they should be able to hold at 70 degree temps by then and should be fine outdoors thereafter (please correct me if I am wrong). But that just seems a little cramped to me... I also read that the chicks need 1/2 to 1 foot sq. foot each and this measures 36 inches by 30 inches which would only be 7.5 sq. ft. so 7-15 chicks? Seems a little costly for so few chicks to me... Does anyone own one of these and if so how many chicks do you successfully house until moving them to the coop/yard? Thanks so much in advance, I look forward to many posts here and thanks for all the helpful advice I have found so far!!!