hi. we have laying hens all mixed breeds, even a little banty rooster. the coop is insulated and we have a heat lamp in there if needed and a heated water dish. i dont know a whole lot about chickens and cold weather. we live in quebec canada. we gets lots of ice in the past couple winters. weather is windy, cold, and either snowing or freezing rain. because we love them we have also given them our car tent(20x12) it has been attached to the coop so the chickens have a good shelther from wind, rain or from hopefully whatever mother nature throws our way. under the tent they have an outside roost, a large sand box, food and water, and some toys we made to keep them from getting bord and pecking eachother. right now they also have a large fenced in chunck of our yard to run and eat all day.
i have of course some questions;
Should we lay down some wood shavings on the ground in their pen for winter so they dont get as cold??
will they walk around in the snow? and will they be warm enough??
what am i missing??