As my brroder I am using a dog kennel (vari-kennel type) with closed side and mesh front (card board keeping little heads out of the mesh). My heat lamps is pointing through the mesh and the themometer in the front of kennel has been consistantly reading 95-96. Some of the chicks are hanging out in the back or middle of the kennel. That is okay, right? If they get cold they will move towards the heat I am assuming. This is my first group of chicks and I am anxious about going to bed and leaving them "unsupervised". They are not outside, but in my formal dining room! ~ thanks heavens my husband is a patient man and loves me!