Received my first ever batch of 25 meat birds from Welp on 9/16/11. Kept them in a plastic bin as a brooder for a few days but they got too large so I split them in to two groups and kept two plastic brooders for almost two weeks but again they all got too big and messy. One died at about 5 days - cause unknown, and one has leg issues but the rest are as normal as can be. Anyway, I built a "half way house" brooder in the vacant end of my kennel. They are not as delicate and hot natured as I has imagined. In fact, I keep a red flood light on and most of the time they are spread out around the brooder which is 6.5 ft long and 4 ft wide. They now have a 3.5 gallon waterer up on blocks and a 3.5 gallon feeder on blocks. Here are some photos of them at about 23 days old and the new brooder. Let me know your thoughts if I'm on or off the track here. Thanks.