Hi everyone, I have been reading back yard chickens for about 2 years now and we finally have a place where i can have chickens. I am building a small coop for 4 to 5 hens to get started and later my hubster will build one that can hold 25 to 30. I just don't want to wait for my chickens any longer! lol. I plan on getting Rhode Island Reds, that was the breed my father had when i was a girl on the farm and the eggs were huge and tasty. I do have a question and any info would be wonderful! I can still get chicks up until Oct. 8th, that would put them ready for the coop mid to late November. If i put a heat lamp in the coop will they be o.k and not be too cold? I live in Evensville TN and the winters here can be topsy turvey, one year warm one year cold. One thing that is constant is we do get high winds from time to time at any time of year. I love this site and look forward to being a member here and chat about chickens!