So I already have two chicks that are living outside full time in their coop, I'm interested in getting some Amerucana chicks from a breeder in Texas but have some questions for advice from more experienced breeders. When I raised my first chicks indoors we had some bad experiences with heat lamps and had a lot of complaints about the bird smells. I changed their bedding every four to five days, washing their little tub and putting in fresh pine but I was curious if there was any other things we could do to make less smelly birds. As for the heating problems, the heat lamp fell despite the safety measures and while the chicks were fine, the floor was not. I've seen some people make little hutches with heating pads that shouldn't burn holes in anything or hurt the chicks either. Have any of you ever done this or have any tips? I'm also curious if anyone has any advice about Amerucana the breed itself.