We are thinking of buying chicks now so they will be ready to lay eggs in the spring. We live near Chicago. They would be ready to go outside in November. How would they handle the winter weather? Should I just wait until spring? If so, when would be the earliest you would recommend getting them? Also, does anyone know of a farm or hatchery in NE/Central Illinois or southern WI where we can get Buff Orpington chicks? Is there a better place to post this question?