I'm pretty new to chickens and I have a bit of a dilemma. I have lost 2 of my 4 chickens to a predator recently. I believe that problem is taken care of now. I'm considering ordering 6 RIR chicks and setting up a brooder in the basement of our house. I've read that baby chicks can go outside after 5-12 weeks, so, I'm wondering what would be best for the chicks considering that I live in upstate NY and that summer is nearing it's end. I'd like to get them into the coop when the time is right, but with fall right around the corner, I'm not sure at what times (ages) it would be best to do so. Temps during Oct. are between 30 and 70 degrees here. November temps range from 20 at night, and as high as 65 during the day. Thank you for any input and advice you can lend. If I should wait till spring I can do that too.