I'm contemplating getting some 2-week old chicks. I can make a brooder for them with a pack-n-play lined with a shower curtain and a heat lamp, but how long would 6 chicks fit in there? I've never raised chicks inside before. I don't have anywhere to put them outside and wouldn't feel comfortable with it, since it's just now getting to be "winter" here. (We do have a coop but have mature chickens living there and don't want to put the littles in with them ) So . . . how long could I keep them in that brooder? I could potentially turn our laundry room or play room into an area for them for a little bit of time. How long before the smell gets too bad? At what age do *you* normally put them outside without a warmer (considering that it will be a couple of months before it warms up). I live in the South if that helps any.