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Good points but there are so many dynamics involved, like location , micro climates, size ofcoop , number of birds ...
Do and don’t is too black and white for me to agree with .
Great article for beginners that have harsh weather. Thanks for writing this
This article covers the bases plus provides great links for further reading.
Also provide wind breaks or hideouts in the run. That Northern wind is wicked. Hail storms come on quick. I always have a couple of “shelter in place” hideouts not just for weather but for predators too since all the bushes are bare and there’s less places to hide.
We live in West Michigan, so it gets pretty cold. We don't insulate our coops, nor heat them. There are no vents in the enclosed part only a window we keep closed. There ARE small gaps in the slats which probably let air/drafts in. The big door gets opened to feed/water them, and there's a small "ramp" door opposite of that which leads to their fenced in run. Its always open. None of our feathered-in chickens ever died from the cold. We have had silkie bantams, mediteranean breeds, on up to fat ol' Orpingtons. We use deep litter method, and change it 2 or 3 times a year. They love scratching in it. Approx three times a year we sprinkle Trailer Fresh over particularly soiled areas. Do they get mites or lice? Dont know. We dont inspect them. They eat, drink, scratch, lay eggs, and keep their feathers (except when molting), so we're all happy!
The article misssed an important part. In Winter the girls need daily fun. I suggest Pinterest to find activities to keep the boredom away. Write in the search box :enrichment activities chicken. You are set to find a wide variety of games for your girls.