Howdy all! I just stumbled upon the forum and was hoping for some guidance... I bought 25 Cornish Rock chicks (hatched 11/30) with the plans to brood them for 4-6 weeks in my garage and them move them to my friends farm until sale/harvest time. Mine have been kept in brooders with dual 100W bulbs (85*F avg) through the first couple weeks to insure survival, but to encourage feathering/acclimatization, I went to a single 100W (burned out bulbs in the other sockets) which seems to have encouraged feathering a bit (avg. of 55*-60*F since). They were fed starter feed for 5 weeks, but it's gone and transitioned to cracked corn & vegetable scraps. They are up to a couple pounds, mostly feathered, and pretty healthy looking. However, they're quickly outgrowing the boxes... I *could* add another box, but have run out of room! The issue now is the weather in NC... dropping into the high/mid-teens(*F) at night & barely above freezing (if at all) during the day, for what looks like the next month. We'd planned to house them in a modified "dog pen" (10'x10'x8'H) with 5 haylined poly drums layed on side w/ openings (for bedding/shelter from wind), a few 2x4s across the corners for "roosting", and a couple tarps over the top (for rain/hawk protection) & the lower sides (wind protection). My friends batch (90+) are now 12 weeks old and he's VERY worried about them, so he moved them from an unheated barn into his slightly heated woodshop (a move he will regret when it's time to use the now poop covered tools! ). Housing them has reached critical mass and his primary coop/roost/pen is already full of layers... He thinks mine would definitely be at high risk to "turn out" in this weather. OR, Are they old enough to put outside given some protection from the elements (space out of the wind/precip & a heat lamp) at these temps? We both realize the mistake of ordering this late in the year, but are wondering if our fears are unfounded? HELP! Thanks in advance!