Raising chicks is easier than you think and can be very rewarding. Besides being a fun family activity, your family will also benefit from healthier eggs than you will find at the grocery store.
I love chickens! I thought I would post how I make a brooder for my chicks:
I use a big tub, that is see through. I also use those grates, the plastic ones from the box fans that have broken in the past. I take the grates and attach them to the plastic storage tub's handles which has holes in them them under the snap on handle. I took off the snap on handle. Then I attached one side of the plastic grate and then the other grate I attached. They open in the middle.
I have it under a lamp, but our chicks were older and I didn't use a heat lamp but a regular lamp that was about the level it needed to be.
The box on top hides the glare when people are reading by the brooder.
We have a lot of fun with our chicks.