My first batch of chicks, all hens for eggs, I raised indoors using the mamma heating pad method. They stayed in the house for 8 weeks. I'd like to raise meat birds, probably about 2 dozen, but I don't want to keep them in the house for 8 weeks. That's practically butcher time! And I don't have enough space. How long do CX chicks need to be under a heat lamp or heating pad? I'm thinking I'll raise them over the spring or summer when it warms up, that way I don't have to worry about heat quite as much. I currently don't have access to electricity outside, so that may be an issue.