Okay expert chickeners... this rookie needs some help! Here are some things I've read about and heard since beginning my chicken journey, I keep hearing or reading both sides and I don't know which is right!! here we go and thanks for all your posts!! A: You shouldn't handle baby chicks (by baby I mean 2-3 weeks) because you may transfer something to the chicks that will make them sick. flipside: You should handle baby chicks as much as possible to get them used to people. B: A coop that only has hens as residents will not provide any eggs, a rooster is needed for eggs. flipside: a rooster is only needed when you want baby chicks. C: A heat lamp in the coop during winter (Montana) weather will keep the chickens warm and alive. flipside: you don't need a heat lamp during the winter, just make sure they are protected from any wind or moisture. I hope this made sense and I hope some veteran chickeners can help. I appreciate it!!