Before you get too excited about new chicks and place your order in the winter be sure you have thought it through carefully. Here are a few points I overlooked a few years back. #1 Finding someone to ship baby chick in the winter is not to hard. There are a few that will send them as long as you keep paying for them. You cannot count on the post office to be warm when your chicks arrive. In fact it is often very cold in the back of a post office at least in a rural area like I live in. #2 If it is gonna be cold be prepare with an appropriate environment. We bought 25 and used a box in our den. This was plenty warm with a light BUT 25 will start to produce unbearable smells and dust after just a few weeks. #3 Be prepared with and appropriately sized coop equipped for at least two sources of heat. Unlike the summer time if you have a bulb blow you will like have dead chicks if you dont figure this out until morning. We had a large 4 x 7 coop weather proofed with two heat lamps but with 25... again they grew out of this quickly and thats where my planning really began to fail me. #4 Once you move these outside you can bet they will continue to out grow a small coop very quickly but you still have to maintain some heat while they are young. I was almost prepared until I got to this step. As my birds started to become 6-7 week old pullets they out grew the coop they were in before I could get a third area set up for them. Mine were overcrowded for a while till I tossed something together that was halfway decent. #5 Without the chicks going outside you can expect there living quarters will need to be cleaned MUCH more often. Often times I was down on my knees in the snow trying o shovel our the coop and replace sawdust shavings. Raising these 25 pullets through winter was a mistake for me and I think I have learned my lesson. These pullets raised during the winter required so much extra care and in the end they were deprived from all the other benefits of spring and summer such as fresh green grass and bugs. I was not pleased with the amount of eggs I was getting and rightly so since I was not prepared to raise this flock during the winter. If you take on winter chicks I wish you luck and know that you will have a lot of work ahead of you. I know it can be done but it does take a lot more work.