I am really itching to add a couple of Dominique hens to our little flock, and could order some chicks to arrive in October, BUT: if I get them then, should I just resign myself to having house chickens until the weather breaks in the spring, or could I acclimate them to our existing hens on sunny fall/winter days and not have to have them indoors all winter? And at what age would they be ready to be turned out? We got our new Red Star pullets at the beginning of March and they were acclimated to the older hens and living in the coop/free-ranging full time by 8 weeks; that would be mid-December if the Dominiques develop at the same rate. Or should I wait until spring to order them? I couldn't get them from the farm store, they only have about five breeds (Red and Black Star, Buff Orpington, Leghorn and a breed of meat chicken) so I have to order them through the mail. Any and all advice/opinions appreciated.