It's good to have you own brooder and raise your own laying hens from chicks! We love this kind of brooder, not just because it's very reliable, but also because you can watch them grow, daily . We have used the same design for our own chicks for many years. (We put ours on an old table inside our house.) Each time we open that little front door (which looks like a rising sun), we can easily check up on how they're doing, up close, and appreciate the fuzzy little baby chicks or ducklings as they grow. An easy-to-clean tray for droppings (plastic wave board) is included. (We put old newspaper on the tray, and change it when needed) Here's a 3 minute video about our brand new brooder. (The brooder in the video is one we used. we make new ones for sale) Just click the line below to watch:(or Copy the link and paste it into the address bar at the top of the browser, then hit enter.) http://www.ranch-coop.com/brooders.html Pat 214-213-1360 PS. 1. The chicks in the pictures are not included. : ) 2. For warmth, we usually cover the front and the sides with a bath towel for newly hatched chicks during the first 10 days.