Hi! I picked up my babies from the post office yesterday morning! I have a total of 17 (I only ordered 15, but got extras!) in a homemade brooder. I'm keeping them in a quiet corner of my garage until they're big enough to go to the coop. My problem is with temperature control. I have a heat light on them, but I think it's been getting too hot under it during the day. I have two thermometers--one fixed to the wall of the brooder about 2 inches off the floor, and one that is hung near the light about 2 inches from the floor. Well, the outdoor temps have been getting into the 80's and in the garage it gets quite a bit warmer. The thermometers got up to over 100 degrees yesterday afternoon, so I raised the light. I finally got the heated area to stay around 95 degrees consistently. I checked them until about midnight last night (actually fell asleep in the chair out there for a while, lol), then went to bed. This morning at 5AM when I went out there, I was HORRIFIED--the thermometers read in the 80's, and all my babies were huddled together--one was off all by itself, and I was afraid it was a goner, but it perked right up when I moved it to the light. So, now I'm super-paranoid about the temp in the brooder, and I'm making hourly trips out there to check--and adjust the light as needed. My husband suggested that I just leave the light in the lower ("nighttime") position, and trust the chicks to move where they are comfortable. They have lots of room to spread out if they want to. My own theory is that I'll need to come up with a "daytime" and "nighttime" arrangement and adjust as needed for changing weather and outdoor temperatures. Which of us has the best idea? I was so confident when I started this, now I feel like I have no clue what I'm doing!!! I'm very much in love with my new babies and I want them to be safe and comfortable! Any advice is appreciated!