I spent the afternoon setting up the brooder for my girls. I was planning on using a large wire dog kennel or making a wooden brooder, but ended up having to settle with a giant Rubbermade tote. The dog kennel didn't work out because I couldn't keep the temperature high enough, even with the sides enclosed with cardboard. I just didn't have time to build the wooden one, so the totes will do. I was also planning to use a heating pad instead of heat light, but that didn't provide anywhere near enough heat. Luckily I did a dry run, otherwise I would have been scrambling to keep my chicks warm. I set up my heat light and ran it for 5 hours adjusting the height as I needed until I got to the right temp for a couple of hours. In its current position the thermometer fluctuates between 95-99 degrees. I am so glad that I bought the thermometer. At first I used my hand under the light and what felt OK to me was actually 110 degrees. Half of the brooder is heated, then has a cooler side that hovers between 75-80 degrees. I am using puppy pads for the flooring rather than shavings, seems easier to clean. I have ducklings coming on Tuesday, so I made an identical brooder right beside the one for the chicks. I also made 4 nipple waterers out of recycled 20oz. soda bottles. Now I just need to figure out how to hang them. I tried a coat hanger but that didn't work. My costs stayed pretty low. tote was $14.00 clamp lite $7.00 125 watt heat bulb $8.00 puppy pads (100 pack) $23.00 nipples $2.00 digital thermometer $8.00 So for about $62 I was able to make a decent brooder. All I need to pick up is a chick and duck feeder and we're ready to go! I have decided that I am going to use medicated chick crumbles for the chicks, and non-medicated for the ducklings. After doing tons of reading it seems like my safest option. I will also be using Save-A-Chick in their water, not sure how long though... I hope that my set up and planning are up to par. PLEASE, if I've missed something or have something wrong let me know! Note: Once they outgrow the totes I have 2 large Play Yards (18 sq. ft. each) for them set up in the garage.