Hello all-I wanted some advice for my upcoming hatch on how keep them safe and warm for the first several weeks. I live in Montana, where the weather gets pretty cold (nothing like North Dakota or Minnesota cold) but it can get to below 0 here. For the most part I think the average hi here in the winter is like 20 and lows can go below 0. I have a few hatches coming up (first being December 5 and my second incubator like a week later). I live in a fairly small house, that has a small basement that just has the wather heater and such down stairs and a loft that runs the lenth of the house that we created into my daughters room. Its 12' wide by 32' long. She uses really the back part as her room and has toys in the front part. The basement really is maybe 15'X15'. We have a very small utility room. To get to my point is, where and how should I keep my chickens? even with a heat lamp in the coop I think it will be TOO cold for them until they are fully feathered, and I think they will still need heat lamps. 1.) whats the best set up if they are going to be in the house (structure with heat lamp) 2.) I have two cats that are declawed in the house, so where should I keep the chikcens in the house? 3.) when would i dare let them go outside? My daughter REALLY wants full sized chickens by may so we are starting now. I have a small utility room that has a countertop that is about 6 feet long by 2 feet wide. Any tips that will keep the chicks just right would be greatly appreciated. If you have pictures that would be even better Is there a set up outside close to the house I could do? Thanks!