Just thought I'd share my experiences in case someone needs advise on setting up a brooder. I have a store bought brooder I use outside,once the temps are o.k. and the chicks have a good start(a few weeks old if it's warm outside). For right after hatch until they go into the other brooder,I use a plastic tote(I buy Sterlite brand-it's cheaper). I cut out a section of the lid,so I can clip the light to it and regulate the temp. I will drape a thin towel over the opening(lets in air if it is threadbare) if it seems cold. I use a heat lamp with a 60 watt bulb. I line the bottom with newspaper(American classified booklets are free and opened up they are the perfect size) and then put the shop towel grade paper towls on top. To clean,I simply remove the chicks,roll up the newspaper and wipe it out. I then re-line it. I tried the shavings and they were just too messy. They got into the food and the water and made a soggy mess. The towels are cleaner and soft enough. Hope that helps.