I know this is highly debated topic for many - I'm about to have chicks in the brooder (tomorrow or Wed) and my husband is insistent that a heat lamp is fine - he was raised on a farm, that's what they always did and everything was always fine. We're keeping the brooder in our garage so we are right nearby and can constantly check on it and it's a 6ft long metal trough from our farm. (Layered with towel and pine shavings) I'm concerned about fire from everything I've read and thinking about the brinsea warmer or doing the mama heating pad set up... Thoughts?? I will temporarily HAVE to use the heat lamp until I can get one of the other options - any other heat lamp users out there? Any tips? I'm not sure on the height and I have a thermometer and am about to start getting it all set up. But best safety tips for the time during which I'll use the lamp? Or should I stick to the heat lamp for now? It's a 250W bulb... Thanks for any input!! ALSO - should I add any probiotics or electrolytes to their water right off the bat?? This is my first time brooding...thanks!!