I live in Vermont and a week ago we put 29 1.5 week old meat chicks in our basement in a tarped off area to raise to the point that they can go outside. We are splitting the meat birds with a friend who is going to take them once they have feathered out, but we are caring for them while they are small. They are thriving so far and now that we have the chicken bug, we are thinking of getting three to four chicks for egg birds. We do not use the room in our basement, and it has its own heater and it actually has a window that leads directly to the front yard. We were thinking we could keep them in the tarped off area (about 10'x6', but we could expand that to about 50% larger) for the winter and then move them out to a coop in the spring. Would a winter in a heated room be bad for them? Would it be possible to acclimate them to the outside before it gets too cold? Are we asking for insanity all winter? Thanks in advance.