Hello, I just joined after months of observing and learning. I have to ask for advice. I know I'm in the same boat as many other new chicken owners. I'm worried that my birds are going to freeze. Okey, Here's my situation. I live in central Virginia. The lowest the average low gets is 22 degrees. That of course is average. I have seen many nights where it gets down into the teens and once to 8 degrees. Many days it never gets above freezing. My 8 dominique chickens have a small coop. 8x4x4. The 4 walls are 1/2' plywood. The roof is plywood with metal roofing. Iplanned the coop small to save money and because they free-range. There is no heat or insulation on the walls. I can't even put up insulation inside because the studs support the perches and nest boxes. I have sealed up every crack I could to keep out the cold, but there goes ventalation when the chicken door is closed. We had a 22 degree night last night and the water froze. Obviously they aren't generating enough body heat to warm things. We haven't even hit the real cold weather yet. How will they free range when it's below freezing all day for several days and the ground is covered with ice or snow? The coop is too small to keep them closed up for days at a time. The only way to get heat out there is to run many extention cords over the ground to the coop. Anyone do this? I know its not approved. Do I even need to do this? I think I may leaped before I looked on this chicken thing. I don't want my lack of knowledge or preparedness to cause these hens to suffer. Advice is greatly needed!