Hi all. I am glad to have found you but am very overwhelmed by all the information I've read thus far. I have a lot of questions with winter coming and hope you can help. Freezing feet Frozen water Lack of light Heat lamp I am so pleased to say I've got 8 lovely ladies. I was able to get them, being my first time, ready to lay at 19 weeks. Currently they give me between 7-8 eggs a day. Because I've not been a chicken lady in winter yet I'm getting nervous about my abilities to keep them alive (usually minus 25celcius or minus 13 Fahrenheit without windchill). They are in an insulted shed my husband uses sometimes which is approximately 14x8 however we have set their coop up in a corner which is 5x5. Even though I was told they'd never roost they do so quite happily. This is part of my concern. Even though the shed is insulated will their feet freeze while they roost? I was thinking of replacing the roost with a type of ledge covered in straw with a dowel mounted 2 inches or so above the ledge so it could still be cleaned but cut down on cold. The sun here sets in winter around 5 p.m. so they'll be in there for many many hours. I'm already feeling sorry for their boredom. Also I currently have a watering system set up for them to drink from poultry nipples screwed into the bottom of a suspended bucket with a lid of course. I've heard of ppl using a battery belt around the waterer in winter. Any opinions on this idea or another more efficient one? BTW the shed/coop is very very far from a power source. We'll have to run an extension cord from the house. Also as for light of day and lack of it here I'm really not too worried about loss of production. I've heard of putting a light in the coop to help keep production up. Can you tell me if this is beneficial for the birds? If they need the break I'm happy to give it to them. My friends will just have to buy their eggs from the store in the winter while I hoard the few eggs the girls give me. Sex lings are supposed to be hardy to our climate but can you tell me if a heat lamp hung from the ceiling would be necessary and at what temperature should it turn on at? I should mention that there is one girl who never gets to be with the other 7 on the top roost. She's always alone poor girl. Thanks for this site and thanks for anyone who reads.