Hi everyone, I think Ive read all the resources I can find on raising baby chicks, but I still have a few questions. Apologies in advance if these are obvious. I've put the questions in bold in case you don't want to read my entire post. Were getting 8 day old chicks on 10/20ish. Im planning to keep the chicks in the guest bedroom for 4-5 weeks. Ill use a large cardboard box as a brooder. The walls will be about 24 inches high. Will I still need a cover for the top of the brooder, or is 24 inches high enough that they cant jump out? Ive read that I need 4 sq feet per chick, which would mean I need 16 sq feet. In looking at all of pictures of homemade brooders here, it doesnt appear that people really provide 4 sq feet per chick. Given that Im only keeping them inside for 4-5 weeks, is 4 sq feet per chick necessary? Or could I do about 2 sq ft per chick? Ill be moving the chicks out to the coop as soon as theyre feathered. I have a heat lamp set up out there so theyll get supplemental heat at night as needed to ease the transition, and theyll have a separate space from my older laying hens. My last question how much is too much handling? I have two very eager three year olds who cant wait to love these little chickies. My daughters are fairly gentle, but given the choice, they would move into the brooder with the chicks and/or hug them 24 hours a day. I recognize thats too much, but wondering whats a good amount. Can a week old chick be carried around the house for 10 minutes at a time? How about being picked up five or six times a day for a few minutes at a time? Thanks in advance for your replies!