Well, it's official, I am OBSESSING about cold weather management!!! I really need to get off this computer, and out of these threads!! There is just no way around it, it's bitter cold outside. So far, with temps dipping down well below zero F, my girls are proving to be cold weather superheroes! They get locked up tight in the coop at night, but refuse to go back in during the day except to lay. I worry about them endlessly AROUND THE CLOCK, but I'm starting to wonder if they are even aware of just how cold it is!? I have Rhode Island Red's and Barred Rocks, which I'm told are pretty hardy breeds, but even with these temps? I need to leave for the day, so I won't be out there every other hour making sure they are okay, coddling them. They have a heated water dish in their run (finally got one 2 days ago - works great!), and I leave out plenty of food. But, I keep reading about people's chickens who refuse to go out in the run. I'm starting to realize that mine PREFER to be out in the weather. Is it safe to assume that if they start to get way too cold, they'll know well enough to go back inside?