I ordered 15 chicks to be sent mid May. The average high is in the low 70's and the average low is around 50 that time of year. I assumed I would keep the chicks in a large tote or kiddie pool or even sectioned off area of the laundry room. I quickly realized this was only a temporary solution, for a week at most. The more I read, the more I realized *I* would not want these chicks in the house with the dust and feathers and such much longer than that and I am quite tolerant of animal messes. I should add dh is NOT thrilled about the chickens and does not want them in the house. We have an attached garage and a large storage shed. He wants them in the shed, but I'm afraid it will be difficult to keep the right temp, and also more difficult to keep tabs on them. The shed has no windows, but does have a large door we could prop open during the day, but not at night due to predators (we regularly have possums and coons in our yard as well as neighborhood cats, stray and otherwise). The attached garage has a window that does not open and two doors in addition to the garage door. My next thought was a shed won't be much different than a finished coop. Is there any reason I need a brooder if the coop is finished? They would have a heat source in the coop, of course. It will be VERY predator proof with hardware cloth any openings and a covered run.