I don't have my brooder yet but I am getting it ready for February/March when I shall be getting chicks. So Far I have the basics set up with a few more things I need to get. Having raised pocket pets my whole life I modified the bin cages I use to make for mice, gerbils, and hamsters. It is very successfully cat and dog proof so neither animal can get inside with a locked lid. I am getting a thermometer for it and maybe hanging a feather duster for the babies to sleep under and put in some low perches so they can start teaching themselves how to perch. Also going to build a stand for the heat lamp to put it back more but ensure it won't fall over. Any other tips you can give me? Oh, also getting small bricks to put the food and water containers off the ground too. Going to be using wood shavings as bedding.