Great advice! I took the insulated road as our coop and run are faced with intense wind storms, rain and snow. Works really well for us. I enjoyed the read very much. It's taken me from March till December to finish the entire residence and has kept me away from BYC. But now I'm back enjoying the write ups.
We each have our own journey in learning to keep our flocks happy and protected. Do not be afraid to change something if need be that isn't working for you and your flock, because happy chickens = more eggs even in the cold. a little research and you have eggs without providing extra light or heat source.
in Minnesota I have our girls in their run and their coop is for sleeping and egg laying. Our run is wrapped in clear plastic on 3 sides to allow sun in and protect from wind and snow. The top is a metal top. That is the only insulation I use. The girls have thrived. Our winters can get down to -25 so if it gets -10 I will turn on the heat lamp and feed them more cracked corn (to raise their body heat) but they are doing great!
I found this article well written and full of specifics which I'm sure will help me when I finally get my flock. I was especially heartened by the opening, in which the writer notes their own time of reading and dreaming and planning [my current state] prior to "taking the leap." Some other things I have seen and read about people getting chickens, geese or other poultry who are completely clueless about the needs of that poultry, or even considering that chickens etc might have specific needs, makes me cringe for some of the poor birds out there.
I'm sure despite all the reading and you-tubing I've done, there will be a lot more to learn from the birds themselves once I actually have them, but I feel like I am building a solid base with articles like this one.