I've got 6 baby chicks...all are BCM's. Incubated from 3 dozen eggs. The eggs and incubator were "gifted" to me (not asked for, btw, however I have wanted chickens but not til we move to the country. We currently live in suburbia, where 4 hens are allowed) So the chicks are currently in a very large tote (about 24" x 48"), sitting on a table in my kitchen with a red heat lamp on them. They seem happy. I was also "gifted" with a bag of medicated chick food, a waterer and a feeder, so they are situated well....for now. My questions revolve around the NEXT STAGE. DH is anxious to know my game plan and time line. We are currently finishing up building a chicken coop/tractor in our garage. I realize that Dec/Jan is not the ideal time to have hatchlings but that is what I've been dealt. How long do they have to be indoors? (our nights are currently getting into the 20's) Southern Ohio. I have read that I need to lower the temp 5 deg per week, so could I move them to garage after about 3 weeks? And then how long til outside in the coop? keeping in mind it will be the middle of the winter..... I have insulated the coop with that silver wrapped bubble wrap stuff. How would I keep the water from freezing over night? or maybe I don't have to......just fresh water every morning? Do I need to come up with supplemental heating for the coop til spring? Will it be obvious who are roosters before they start crowing (and bringing the zoning inspectors around..lol) And I imagine our coop is not big enough for 6 chickens (the coop is 3 x 3 ft). I was planning on 4 hens. But I don't want to sell, or give away,any chickens before knowing which are the roosters. any advice is appreciated. Happy New Year!! the first pic is of the first 2 who hatched Christmas eve......they are so cute!