Hi all!! I live on Long Island and am wondering if you think that I should have cold hardy chickens. I am picking up 10 chicks in 2 weeks (3 buff brahma bantams, 3 easter egger bantams and 4 assorted bantams?) I asked several chicken people but nobody was really sure. I know the brahmas are especially cold hardy, but I'm not really sure about the other 7. I read that you shouldn't heat the coop in the winter b/c they won't become acclimated to the cold, but then I wouldn't want them to freeze either. We can get into the teens in the winter, but that's not normal. Having feathers on their feet will help and roosting on a flat 2x4 will also help and I hopefully don't get any chickens with bigger combs. Other then that, that's all I know. Thanks!!