I'm new to this forum, but have had 10 Red Star Chickens for 2 years now. The first time, we raised the chicks with a brooder light above a baby swimming pool, surrounded by cardboard, in our basement. It worked great, except for the dust. I could not believe how much dust those little chicks could create. Now, I have 30 Red Star chicks on order for May 16. I have ordered a wafer thermostat, and am going to try to use it to turn on/off my brooder lamp. I plan to use my winter coop to raise them. It is 4'X8'X3' high. It is insulated. I think it will be plenty warm enough, since it will be May 16, which is just past our frost date for West Virginia. I am concerned that it may get too hot, though. I have researched this idea, and surprised to not find much information on this. Anyone ever brood chicks like this, or am I setting myself up for failure?