I brood my chicks in the house. They end up friendlier in my opinion. I use a large "small animal" cage with a deep pan, puppy pads for liners (shavings way too dusty indoors). I also use brooder plates. Prefer these to the red heat lamps any day. I do not like using cardboard boxes, though I have in the past, as the chicks seem happier being able to see the world outside.
I start taking them outside during the day around 2 weeks of age (I vaccinate for Mareks, needs a little time to kick in).
My current 4 and 6 week old chicks are sleeping inside still, but are outside all day, hanging with the flock, but still have a safe zone only they can get into.
Were you get them at? I want one!I have all three sizes, when you aren't brooding they fold and store flat.
You can also use them as broody breaking cages if you flip them upside down or seperation pens in case of injury or sickness.
Reusable, small foot print, multi use, and last for years.
Also since the chicks have a 360 degree view they're much less skittish and grow up friendlier.
They're Ruff and Ruffus brand, I like them because they have an attached solid bottom and a mesh top.
Most have velcroed bottoms, with solid you can just fold the pen like a burrito and dump used litter without really touching it so easy cleaning. View attachment 2502227