Here's my situation; I have 6 RIR's & 6 BR's(day olds) arriving on the 14th. My plan is to raise them in a brooder I have ready for them for a week or two, then move them to a basement coop. In my basement I have a room that's 6 1/2'X11' with a 3"X12" vent to the outside and a 1'X2' window also leading to the outside for light. I'm going to build a makeshift coop and run out of this room to let them 'feather out'. I have electricity in the room. Now for a coupla questions. Should I just leave them in the basment coop until spring and warmer weather comes? If not, how long in the basement coop? Also should I set up a light on a timer so they'll get used to the light cycle ( I'm raising them for laying)? The basement coop has a door so any smell won't permiate the rest of the basement. All suggestions accepted and appreciated.