Hello! I am getting my first batch of chicks at Murdochs the Monday after Easter. I live in Colorado and will need winter-hardy chickens, but I also CANNOT have a rooster. (legally, and we kinda want our new neighbors to like us) So I am wondering if there's any sex-link chickens that are particularly winter hardy or if there is anywhere that will take any unwanted young roosters I end up with. It's harsh, but true. ): Also, since I do want 3-4 hens, how many 'non sex-link' chicks should I get (if you recommend that option), assuming at least 1 will inevitably be a roo. 2. I am very worried about starting a fire when brooding my chicks (was going to do a cardboard box, will probably do a clear plastic tub now) so what kind of precautions can I take there? I hope the first question string didn't confuse you too much and thank you for any help!