As you know, winter is coming up and for those of you who live in Utah (like myself) should know just about how cold it gets. Usually having 1-3 ft of snow and SOMETIMES (sometimes) reaching climates below 0. (If it reaches below zero I'm putting a heat lamp in the coop). Now I am in the process of building a coop and if I were to get chickens soon, by the time they were old enough to go outside it'll already be cold. Going from like 95 degrees to about 47 degrees (Fahrenheit) is a big transaction. Will my young chickens freeze to death? There are probably some people out there who had done this before. Is it a good idea to throw young chickens out there or should I wait. Can I keep a healthy young flock in climates like this. And if it is possible is their any tips on what I should do to help prevent problems? I would shovel there fenced in area (they will not have a run, but a fenced in area) every time it is needed, along with making sure their water is not frozen and making sure to SHUT THE COOP at night time. At what temperature should I put a heat lamp in there coop, should I just lock them up in the coop all winter? Or give the option to walk around if they want to. Any information on this topic is gladly welcomed.