Hi ya'll Karen and Ronnie here from southeast tennessee...we have enjoyed your site...it has been very informative!!! We have been married 2 weeks, and are in the 50ish age range. My husband has raised chickens before but I haven't been around chickens at all. We decided we wanted a backyard flock so we build a brooder out of an old top cabinet and as of this morning we are the proud owners of 12 little doodlers!! we also have made arrangements to obtain around 7 two month old chicks. We are most interested in eggs but are considering raising chickens for meat as well in the future. Of course I have fallen in love with Silkies and are planning of having a couple of those as well. We are converting an old dog lot and putting in the coop in the next couple of weeks. I have taken all the posts to heart as far as temperature control for the brooder, but after getting mine in there are holding their mouths open at 82 degrees and above and stay out from under the light. I have adjusted the light and most have gravitated back to the light holding the temperature at the bottom of the brooder at 80 degrees. I feel like this is a little to cool but that is what they are acting like they like. ANY info would be appreciated. I do not want to loose chicks from heat stress or from being too cool.