Hi I am totally new to this website and am searching for some good info/advice on my chicken situation. So here's my story ... late this summer one of the neighbor kids found a white chicken(hen) running around our local park and as the kids all play with my kids and I am a huge push over they brought it to our house because they didn't know what else to do and we didn't want it to become pitbull bait etc. I believe it was relatively young but not quite full grown and the best I could tell from searching the web is a leghorn. I have been letting it have the full run of my backyard which is securely fenced and although a small yard I have a backyard pond, flowers, grass many natural spots etc. She seems very happy scratching around eating bugs I guess. I also feed the birds/squirrels so chicky gets right in there with the others it's actually funny to see. I feed her on the ground twice a day with cracked corn, shelled sunflower seeds and "Layer mash/oyster shells" which I thought was just chicken feed that I purchased online. She loves the sunflower seeds and seems to eat that the most. Then as food scraps permit I give oatmeal/veggies etc. We were keeping her in a dog crate(with hay) at night inside a chickened- wired corner of the backyard but now that the weather turned cold I have moved her to inside the garage at night then let her out in the morning. I don't have a lot of backyard space and would love to eventually get a real coop. So my specific questions are these: 1. Is keeping her in the dog crate in an unheated garage ok? Many posts I read said NOT to give them heat. 2. Once the weather gets worse should she be confined to the garage where she can eat/run around or do I continue to let her out daily into the yard? 3. Is she ok as the only chicken or does she need another chicken friend? If so any advice where I could get only one or two more chickens I don't want 10 or 20 like most places are selling. 4. What should her daily food be is cracked corn/sunflower seeds enough over the winter? I could but her crickets at the local pet store to eat. 5. She has not laid a single egg but I am not sure of her age she has a small red comb and her cheek sides are just now almost completely red, her feet are large and kind of whitish not yellow. Our family has thoroughly enjoyed having her around the yard and she gets along well with my shih tzu and cocker spaniel who just seem to ignore her. Any advice is greatly appreciated!!!!