DD had offered up her playhouse to be our chicken coop when we finally decided to get the chicks this year. After more research we decided it would not be the best shelter for them and opted for DH to build something. DD REALLY wanted to use her playhouse for the chickens so I turned it into a brooder. We have 5 standard cochins shipping Wednesday from Ideal so we got it all ready today. What else does it need in your opinions and do you guys think the chicks can stay in here until they are ready to go out to the coop outside? It is roughly 3'x3' of floor space. It is located in our garage as close to the house as possible. It has a freezer on the side facing the garage doors to further block any draft that may blow under them. The bungees are to secure the door. I know it isn't pretty but DH is the carpenter, not me. He was busy on the coop so I tackled the brooder. DD (who's 4) insisted we include toys. She said we were getting kid chickens and all kids need toys. Thus the swing, mirror and rollie bell. She snagged these from our sugar gliders toy box. I plan to remove the thermometers once I know the temp is right. Close up of the brooder light. The cord is pulled through the roof and secured on the other side so that it can't slip. Here's the kiddo adding the pine shavings. Doesn't she look excited? How long y'all reckon I can get her to do this chore on a regular basis? LOL Thanks for helping a nervous Momma to be get through her "nesting" period! I have my chick food ready to go and I am starting a new Super Worm colony today so by the time I can offer those to the little peeps in a few weeks I will have a good batch going.