The babies are 4 weeks old and they're not a problem in the house (a bit stinky, but I usually raise ducklings so this is NOTHING compared to 4-week-old ducklings!), but I think they'd like a bit more room, especially when it's rainy out and they're indoors all day. They've been going out during the day to a little wire pen (with a roof on one end) that sits right on the ground, so they can scratch at the dirt and hunt for bugs in the grass. It's been in the 60s-70s with sunshine, so temp hasn't been a problem for them (they have a feather duster that they went under once when cold--but mostly they hang out in the sun and are fine). But today it was rainy and 50s, so I kept them in, and they're going stir crazy in their little brood box. SO. Can I put them outside in a rabbit-hutch-style cage (it's actually a quail pen), under the lean-to, with straw over the wire bottom, give them a heat lamp (60 watts?), and leave them all day AND night... or just during the day? It's getting into the 40s at night. There could be some draft coming up from the bottom, depending on how thick I lay the straw down, or from the front--they're only enclosed by hard surfaces on three sides. I could, however, construct a false wall that would keep one section draft-free, and put the heat lamp in that section. Thoughts? I've raised dozens of ducklings, and they've usually been kicked out around two weeks, but chickens are not nearly so hardy at this age. Help!