So, it looks like I'll have some chicks soon! I gave my broody hen a few eggs to sit on, and today (about 20 days later) I heard the peeping inside them! Now I am setting up my brooder room and need some advice! I have never had chicks before so this is all new to me. First, I will be getting them chick starter food and the appropriate feeders and waterers, so that's covered. Since they will have a mama hen to take care of them I decided to let them be brooded in a room instead of a smaller box, but is this the best idea? For one the "room" is a cinderblock horse stall in my barn and although it's more or less solid, there could be drafts. Is there anything I can do to prevent this? And if there is a hen with them, how much will drafts effect them? I assume at night they'll be ok if she sits with them. Naturally, it's been unseasonably warm right up until this week, and then it got down to around 40. Will a heat lamp or even a space heater help? The other thing is, what are the kinds of chick-safe bedding to use? That's all I can think of at the moment... let me know what all of you think? I found the article in BYC about letting a broody hen raise chicks, so these are the last questions I had after that!