Hey, all! I'm new to the site but have been reading like crazy and have found it to be incredibly helpful already. My husband and I are looking to add a small flock of chickens, but are unsure of the timing. I've searched and read, so hopefully this isn't a duplicate, I've just been reading lots of conflicting things, so I wanted to get one more set of opinions!
We are wondering if October is too late to start chicks in Wisconsin? We are looking at cold hardy breeds, but still worry about them being so young in the winter. We have space to keep them inside until they are feathered and ready to go to the coop, but wondering since that will put is in November if it will just be too cold for young chickens. The coop is a converted room in our garage, and will be insulated. There's a small door at the bottom that leads to the run as well as 2 windows that will be closed in winter, and a vent at the top. It shouldn't be drafty, but will definitely not be warm.
I've read everything from "they can make it with proper shelter once they are fully feathered" to "it needs to be 60 degrees at minimum." Thoughts?
Thanks in advance,
A hopeful chicken mom