so we have taken the plunge, ordered chicks and borrowing a brooder from a friend. Right now the plan is to keep the brooder in the basement-it's warm, heated and half finished, chicks will go in the unfinished part. I am wondering how long we will be able to keep them in the brooder, do they get big really quick? what about smells, they will be in my husbands work bench area and he will not be happy if they are really stinky! I am guessing once the coop is built we can move the brooder to the coop is this true? We have an electrical source nearby.