Hey guys.... some background.... Last year we ordered chicks from mypetchicken.com (loved them!). We ordered 8 pullet bantam cochins. 2 deaths and one roo that had to be given away with 2 pullets later, we end up with 3 chickens total. We got them in mid-May, so by the time they were ready to lay, we were well into fall and we never got any eggs! They are now 8 months old and NO EGGS! They are total pets and we love them anyway, but we are ready for the spring and to finally get some yummy organic eggs! We love the cochins and would love to order more from mypetchicken, however, they just don't carry all the colors that we are looking for. McMurray is actually taking orders now, to begin shipment in MID FEBRUARY!!! Well, I couldn't help it, I put in my order of 25 straight run bantam cochins! And then I had some second thoughts... While we live in (usally) beautiful Southern California, and it is usually in the high 60's or 70's in February, McMurray is in stinkin' IOWA!! February has to be freezing there, and in most of the states between Iowa and California. Even though I am shipping 25 babies, are they going to freeze to death?? Part of the reason we want to order so early is that it is easier for me to have them in the house at that time of year (family work situations) and I figure by the time they are 6 weeks and ready to move out of the house it will be April and beautiful! Also, the kids were really bummed having to wait so long for eggs, and this way, they will hit 20 weeks in July, plenty of time for them to start before the sunlight diminishes. HOWEVER.... the thought of opening a box with half of the chicks frozen to death is sickening. Will they be OK shipping in February? Would McMurray include a heating pad if I asked(I would be HAPPY to pay more)?? Sorry to be so long winded! Thanks for your thoughts on this!