Hi! my name is Frank, and my wife, Susan and I have two hens adopt us late last fall. We know nothing on chickens, but we are learning fast. Because here in Maine the winters are harsh with a great deal of snow. So we did not have a coop so we use my garden shed for a coop. Well as I know you all know chickens poop a LOT!!!!! Well we are going to have to pressure everything this spring when ever it may show up. Anyway we did install two heat lamps to keep the temperature around 20 degrees. We did not know how much cold they can take? As for water we purchased a heating system to keep the water from freezing. We are feeding them scratch, pellets, cracked corn and some sun flower seeds, apples, carrots. They seem to be contented, and gives on a average one to two eggs a day. If we are doing anything wrong PLEASE let us know.