I'm picking up 25 Cornish Cross chicks on 9/4. I'm not too worried about the weather getting colder since they won't be around that long. However, the more I'm researching and reading this forum, the more I want some laying hens too. I know I can wait until spring to get laying chicks, but darn it, I want some now so I can start getting eggs in the spring! I am going to the hatchery to pick up the Cornish Cross and I know they will have a selection of other chicks there. My question is, do you think it's too late in the year to start with day-old chicks? I live in central Missouri where it gets pretty cold (as low as -10 in the winter for a short period). I have a room in my barn that I'm converting to a chicken coop. It's not heated, but it's not drafty either. I have never had chickens so I just don't know how long it takes before a chicken can withstand the cold. It shouldn't get too bad until late December, so that would make the chicks almost four months by then. What do you guys think?