I was talking to a neighbor and was telling her i was getting chicks. I said the only issue with me is keeping them in the house for those first six weeks. I don't have a garage or coop that has electic to it so only other option was in my house. She says why would you keep them in your house. I told her i need electric for the heat lamp. Then she told me i don't need a heat lamp. She said she just put hers out in her barn in a box with food and water and they did fine. That was in the beginning of the winter and now they have all grown and are laying. We live in California and our winters are pretty mild. So what do you all think of that? Was she putting her chicks in danger by not using the heat lamp? I honestly had no idea that raising chicks was so complex.