We got 28 2 day old chicks on Saturday from a local breeder and now have 25 (mysterious expirations in the first 24 hours). I cannot get game bird feed locally that is not laced with antibiotics, so while I wait for my order of a few bags to come in I am feeding them chick starter supplemented with dried mealworms (which they go crazy for). They all look pretty good and I am planning to start pulling the heat lamp gradually back starting this weekend. These guys are going to eventually end up in the 3X8 coop I am almost done building in the backyard. We live in the Denver area, so I am somewhat concerned about how and when to put them outside since it is cold. The plan is to pull the heat lamp entirely at 3 weeks of age and then give them a week or so in the garage to further acclimate. Will that suffice? The coop is wire bottomed, but about a third is otherwise enclosed and I plan to put cardboard and shavings inside the enclosed area until it warms up (though we often have night lows under 50 until well into May). I have figured out that they like to dust bathe, so I plan to put a tray or box with sand mixed with a bit of diatomaceous earth out for them. What else can I put in the coop to give them some cover? Clipped tree branches with leaves/evergreen foliage sound OK? We have a 2 gallon waterer and a 15 pound feeder for them and can add more if necessary. These sound big enough? These guys will be for eggs, with some pet aspect. I know I will have to cull roosters. Can I get away with a 3:1 or 4:1 ratio of roosters to hens? We are planning to try incubating at some point this summer, so I want fertile eggs and I have a funny feeling that the kids will be attached enough that the fewer I have to cull the better. I am also hoping that he crowing is not so loud that I have neighbor complaints. Anything else I am missing? We have lots of predators nearby so I have been trying to make the coop as secure as possible. By the time next fall rolls around I am hoping to rig up a small solar panel system to power some LED lights (to keep them laying) and a heater to keep the waterer from freezing. We are already having fun with these little guys.