I have them in my laundry room now. But I wouldn't mind having them elsewhere. The coop is not yet finished. We do have a garage but it is not squirrel or mouse proof. If I put them in a large dog crate - the plastic kind with the steel door, and attach hardware cloth over the door do you think that would be safe? How would I have the heat lamp over the crate though? I have seen dog crate brooders but I don't remember seeing the lamp.