Hello! I'm in a predicament! A short time ago I got a bunch of books to read up on how to raise chickens because I would like the fresh eggs. I was intending to read up on it some and get my back yard set up first before I purchased any. I was looking at the Buff Orpingtons, but I wasn't sure. Then, for Christmas, my daughter gave me 3 pullets! They're adorable! But, I'm NOT READY! They're in a big black storage container (about 26 x 20 x 12) with a piece of a dog kennel on the top to keep them from flying out, which they like to do - with a heat lamp on top - INSIDE, in my living room - and they just keep getting bigger and bigger! I haven't had one moments chance to read anything about them because my daughter (same daughter that purchased the chicks) had a baby! Now, I'm a grandma with chicks!! The sad part is my grand baby is still in the hospital in critical condition and will be for another 3 to 5 more weeks. I can't wait that long to get the information I need! Neither can my chicks! HELP!! PLEASE!! The container is NOT big enough! Are these chicks old enough to go outside? They're at least 6 weeks old, maybe up to 8 weeks or even older. I can't find anything in the books I have, or online, that shows the progression except for what you've shown here! (THANK YOU!) They're getting way too big for the container and I'll just die if anything happens to them. I'll have a 4 x 4 coop for them tomorrow, but its one that sits on the ground, and I'll need to get a nesting box in it. There's no "inside" for them to go - it's just the solid wooden back and roof with chicken wire on the 2 sides and front. I don't know if it's too cold to leave them outside that young. The coop was for my daughters roosters she had when she was showing them. She never kept it at our house and I didn't have much to do with them, so I'm really a beginner. I'm in Phoenix Arizona, and it's going to be close to 38 degrees out tonight. I'm not sure about tomorrow. It's warm enough during the day I think, today was around 62, just maybe not warm enough at night. I'm hoping someone can help me determine how old they are. Also, my plan is to put a cardboard box in the coop so they can bundle in that, and rig the heat lamp for them, too. Do you think that would be alright? My daughter would know, but I can't exactly bother her now, with her baby in the hospital. And, I'm there so much to help and support her that I don't have the time to read all the books. Anything you can offer will be greatly appreciated. Oh my gosh. I feel so overwhelmed and inadequate now! I know they can't stay in the storage container for much longer!!