I've read books, searched the internet, and back-read BYC forums for my answers, but I haven't found exactly what I'm looking for. I appreciate all the help and advice you can give! Thank you in advance for your time! 1. The following pictures are of the brooder I borrowed from a colleague. I have 25 chicks shipping to me Monday and if this is not sufficient, then I need to come up with something else. I will only be keeping ~8 out of 25, but I was hoping for a week or two to figure out which ones I really wanted since I've invested so much money into these chicks. My question is, is this brooder big enough to hold 25 chicks for ~ 2 weeks? Dimensions are 27inches x 28inches. I know the 4 inches per bird, but the number is temporary. There is an opening through the board splitting the brooder so the chicks can get away from the light. 1a. Will this brooder be big enough to hold 8 chicks for about 5 weeks? 2. I live in south east Texas (about an hour from Houston), and our forecast temperatures for the next several days is 92-95 degrees. I had planned on keeping the critter proof brooder on the back porch. I have had a thermometer in there to check temperatures and it gets up to 100 in the afternoon. Is this too hot? I know they are supposed to be at 90-95 the first week and then lowered from there. What do I do if it's still in the mid to upper 90's?? Do I need to rethink the back porch until they're older? 3. When the chicks arrive, I know to check for pasty butt right away. I know to cover my pine pellet bedding with paper towels for the first few days. I have read some people dip the birds beaks, some don't. I have read to sprinkle chick starter on the paper towels. Do I need to make a mash of some sort by mixing the chick starter with water? 3a. There is currently a white light bulb in the brooder lamp, but the red light bulb we bought is 250 watts. I am going to try and find a dimmer switch to plug the lamp into, but I'm afraid it will just be too hot. The brooder walls are pretty high though. Do I leave the low wattage bulb or come up with a way to make the red bulb work for the "calmness" factor? 4. I've read not to handle them much for the first two days or so. Is this true as well? 5. This thread has pictures of my coop. I posted them in the coop section and asked for feedback, and people said really nice things, but I need to know if I've forgotten anything. What do I need to do to make sure my babies make it? I'm going to add another latch to the bottom of the gate. There is poultry netting buried under the sides and bricks/pavers lining the front and back. Will this be suitable accommodations for 8 birds? I plan on letting them in the back yard during the day. https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=200428 6. Is there anything else I'm forgetting? I've got electrolytes and some gro gel I think (I've got to find what I did with the stuff...). I just don't want to screw this up. 7. This is a weird/newbie question, but I've got to mow the yard about once a week... Will the loud noise this stress the birds out? Anything I can do to help them not be scared? Thank you SO much for your time!! **** Edited to add: I found a box in the garage that's about 2' wide x 4' long with 2' sides. How's this sound as a brooder?