We are still trying to get our totally-varmint-proof coop+run built before the end of April in an arid desert clime. But we continue to struggle with the project. I do not want to take the risk of ordering mail-order chicks prior to the final completion of the Chicken Hacienda. Too risky for the wee babes. We have no other place to put "tinies", beyond the initial brooder set up in our garage (garage doesn't get hot, or cold). Once outside, these "teens" will have to face triple-digit temps by late May, early June. Our temperatures rise very quickly in spring. Is it safe, to mail order chicks once the weather warms? I have little faith in the USPS, even though I will pick up the chicks directly from the post office. I have gotten mail order chicks in other states, and they have fared very well, depending on the hatchery source. Is it safe, to have the "teenage chickens" face greater temps once they move outside? Curtail any chick purchases until next fall? Itching ("scratching"?) to fill the future chicken palace.