i am working @ making myself as ready as possible for the babies. i ordered from mcmurray. silver laced wyandottes, buff orpintons, barred rock, black australorp. mcmurray indicated 25 was minimum order. my coop is built for 10 max and it's built inside an enclosed hoop house/mini barn. it will be out of drafts, rain, etc. questions... 1. can i brood the chicks in the coop (well enclosed) w/ pine litter on floor & heat lamp directed to a corner or is that too loose an environment when they're so little? i live in Texas & being feb we could get a cold spell but it won't be what some of y'all get. 2. since i'm a complete novice i'm reluctant to get rid of extras (all females) immediately. is it feasible to keep them all to see how things go then sell the extras to a feed store or such? thanks alot for your input.