I came across 2 Lavender Silkie Hens and I'm thinking I should probably incubate some eggs. I have a Black/Lav Split nice roo to put in with the girls once their quarentine time is up. Anyways I've never incubated in the winter. I just cleaned out my furnace room (where I've had chicks all spring/summer) It was a disgusting mess and took a good 8-9 hrs of cleaning EVERYTHING! I don't want to keep chicks in the house right now. I don't have a basement either. I'm pregnant and I have asthma so I have a hard time breathing. I was thinking about making a small coop to put on my porch outside for them. I have most of my porch wrapped in tarp for the winter so the draft would be alot less. I'm not sure if the babies would survive out there with a couple heat lamps or not. I'll make the coop so there isn't any drafts, but some ventilation. I won't make it too big, maybe 3 ft x 2 ft and only 3 ft high so the heat will be contained more. I'll just use plywood and maybe throw a tarp over the whole thing??? I really really don't have the money to buy alot of materials, but I don't want to skimp on anything and have the chicks die.....I'm just not sure what to do. The only reason I'm thinking about doing this now is because I'd like to have some adults ready for Spring. My Lav hens are PQ and need alot of improving but I have a really nice roo to help. So I'm trying to get a head start. I'd keep the babies in the house for a couple weeks but no longer unless I have to....I don't want them in the house at all but... lol. Any suggestions would be so helpful! I've searched online and found some info but not enough. I live in PA and we get some really cold days/nights sometimes. Also, any suggestions on how to keep the dander down in the house? Usually I just have the babies in a big plastic bin (from Walmart) Not sure if doing this in the winter would be a great idea or not?