I was wondering if we could share some ideas about keeping our feathered friends happy and warm though what's turning out to look like a long, cold winter here in New England, anyway. And the catch... no electricity allowed! I woke up this morning to see that it was 8, yes, 8 degrees out. My three hardy hens do not have the luxury of electricy in their coop and I'm constantly trying to come up with ideas to make the winter a little less harsh on them. At this point, the routine, for whenever the forecast is for less than 25 degrees, is they get their combs and wattles coated in petroleum jelly, a few handfuls of scratch in the evening and first thing in the morning, deep litter bedding, and on the weekends, warm bowls of oatmeal for breakfast or a late day snack. Hubby and I have been brainstorming ideas that could make life a little easier on them. One idea he mentioned this morning is constructing some kind of enclosure that we could put them in the downstairs bathroom, (where they were raised!) for some of the coldest nights of the year (sub-zero). Does that sound crazy? Does anyone have experience with having chickens in the house for a night? Would they be miserable, or glad to be in a warmer place? Clever ideas, please!