Due to a dog related disaster I lost most of my flock. The only susrvivors now refuse to sleep in the hen house and spend their days and nights in the company of my cow. (They survived the dog attack because they flew into the upper part of the cow barn so I guess this is logical.) The down side is they lay their eggs at her feet. Needless to say I do not see a lot of whole eggs. So we bought 43 baby chicks and put them in a room of my house. Then things got messy. I have surgery on my arm and hand Tuesday. Hubby is still recovering from a stomach surgery that went bad and now his surgeon says he has to have another one almost immediately. Both surgeries were unexpected and we already had home health out 3 times a week due to hubby's prior surgery going septic. Things are a mess right now. We raise English Mastiffs and Siberian forest cats so my household consists of myself, hubby, our 20 month old baby daughter, 5 LARGE dogs with more on the way in 2 weeks, 6 cats with more in the way in 3 weeks and 43 chickens. Something HAS to start sleeping and pooping outside and if it isn't the chickens it WILL be me because I cannot take the pressure any more. Serious, I need them out before something eats them, steps on them or loves them to death. They are Black Austrolorps if that matters. I have a very nice hen house. Can I put 3 week old chicks in it if I have lots of heat lamps? Any and all suggestions welcome.