Greetings, due to my daughter following us overseas for an 8-months work assignment, when we return in a few weeks I will have to relent and get chickens (that was the promisewhen we left). I am fairly experienced with having animals and we also have three neighbors with chickens, so mostly I know what to do. The plan is to have them inside a fortified fence, due to the predator situation, 5 days a week, and free-range on weekends. It is a lot of work (build the fence, build the coop) so I am starting planning. I have some questions and I will post twice more in other forums. 1) I am concerned that a 100W light (recommended to keep them warm) in the face of the chicks for five weeks will stress them to death. Don't they need to sleep? I know of no other animal who needs no darkness. 2) advice on cold-hardy, large, friendly broods will be appreciated. Friendly is particularly important because my daughter is a bit of a chicken herself. I am sure 7 chickens and a rooster will give us more than enough eggs no matter what the breed. If the rooster does his thing, I may end up having the young ones for meat starting in 2009, so comments about meat content will also be appreciated.