The plan was to start with 6 chicks and then it was going to be 8, in case we lost some. But darn it when I got to the local farm store they were so cute and so many and I had to have two of each. We now have 12 and they are 3-4 weeks old. I set them up in a big rubber maid storage bin, the kind you use for the garden. They are already starting to fly, I didn't expect that this soon, nor did I expect them to get that far up so young. So I have added height to the sides of the brooder to keep them safe. I am really enjoying watching them grow and seeing the changes in them both physically and socially. Its better then T.V.!! We are hoping the sun will stay out this weekend so they can go for their first outside adventure, but they will stay mostly in the garage until we move them to the coop the end of March. I also own a dog boarding and daycare kennel, so its going to be interesting and a little challenging until they are full grown.