In light of Matilda being a Matt, we need a replacement bird of the same age and size of the Welsummer chicks and will be going tomorrow to pick them. We will actually be getting 2 new birds to hedge our bets against facing the prospect of only having two birds again. Matilda will be going to a farm where she can make as much noise as she likes. Note to self: stop calling her a her. The farm has the following birds available that match our age range: Buff Orpington - Already ruled out. They are really too big to be comfortable in our set up. (read fit through the door) Maran - I have read that they are not all that cold hardy. Is there a definition of cold? Minnesota cold or cold in general? We are in the Pacific Northwest so our cold isn't super cold. Dominique Rhode Island New Hampshire Sussex Any advice is greatly appreciated. It took a long time to decide on the Welsummers and I feel pressured to decide quickly since over 4 week old chicks or not easy to find. Thank you!