I'm sure this has been asked 1,000,000 times but I'm new and a little overwhelmed finding specific help. A few days ago I bought 9 7-8 week chicks. I believed they were coop ready, but found out AFTER I purchased them that they were still on the heat lamp mostly at night. I don't know the temp but was told it was just a little heat. I was not prepared for this, and money is a little tight for a few more days until payday. So, they have been spending nights in my dog's wire indoor kennel (medium-large) near a wall heater. We started the heater at 75 night, 70 day and have been decreasing each by a few degrees each day. Our temps have been highs in 60s and lows in mid to upper 30s. Most of the day is 45-55. We have been taking them out each day when it warms to about 50, and bringing them in when they are cold (huddling together and nestling into coop). They are at least somewhat cold hardy breeds (Barred Rock, EEs, Wyandottes, Orpington and Brahma). Their run isn't yet 100% predator proof (almost-working on it each day) so, I'm wondering should I leave them in the coop during the day, checking on them frequently, and bring them in at night, gradually decreasing temps? I have nothing between inside and outside to transition them from house to coop. I'm worried that even if I get the indoor temp down to 50 (the lowest I could possibly do) the 35 degree nighttime temps will be too much of a shock. My kids are in love with them and we can't risk losing any. They are layers/pets only. I cannot emphasize enough how much I need them out!! We have 1191 square feet for 5 people, 2 dogs, and now NINE chickens. I live in Western WA so it tends to be damp, although there isn't any rain forecasted for a few days. Any advice is SO greatly appreciated!