Here in Maine everyone gets chicks between late March and June. We're building a new coop right now and re-starting our flock. I realized that the hatcheries ship all year, so I could start this year rather than wait until next spring. In so many ways, this makes a TON of sense in my climate. If I get baby chicks this summer, I can brood them right in the coop (with heat lamp of course) since the outside temp is about what it would be inside my house in April. So: no dusty room in my house, yay! Plus, I'll get eggs early next year rather than waiting until October! So now I'm thinking: why doesn't everyone do it this way? Is there a reason this is not a good idea? is shipping in hot weather much more stressful than in very cold weather? What do you guys think?