I was feeling a bit lonely after putting my 5 week old chicks outside in their permanent coop/run and after doing a bit of research, decided that 2 more baby chicks just might do the trick to counteract the lonliness. 5 weeks ago I started with two Rhode Island Reds and two days later I had 4 Rhode Island Reds and two Cuckoo Murans! I brooded them indoors for 4 weeks while building their run/coop that attached to the chicken tractor. (I actually brooded them in a huge dog kennel wrapped in hardware cloth in my room.) Because of the heat from the brooders heat lamp and having to close my AC vent to keep the draft out, I spent those 4 lovely weeks sleeping on the couch. If you remember, I started this post by saying that I did some research and decided on two more chicks. Then chicken math hit me and I ended up ordering 2 Americanas and 2 Light Brahamas. They are the sweetest little things you've ever seen! Each one fell asleep in my hand as I rubbed their neck and beak. I think this time I'm going to try to use the Mama Heating Pad method of brooding and see how that works. My question is this: can I use the mama heating pad in the brooder and still keep my AC on in my bedroom or would that be too drafty for them? They're so tiny, I don't want them getting too cold. But I'm trying to avoid sleeping on the couch as I just had shoulder surgery on Tuesday. It's too hot to keep them in the garage, and my room is really the only place for them to be brooded. Any advice is greatly appreciated! All you BYCers are so awesome! Thanks and take care!