Hello! We got a a blue orpington and chocolate cuckoo orpington over the summer and we're now going into our first winter. I built the coop below and it's been working great so far. I put vents above the floor board to get some air flow and plexiglass over the windows, they roost right next to the windows (you can see one in the pic where they roost, vents are not pictured). The run is on bottom with a ramp going up into the middle of the coop. However, the girls are free range and I keep the run gate open all the time for them to go in our backyard that has 7 foot fencing all around. Yesterday it was about 15 degrees and fairly windy. They didn't leave the coop all day, which was the first time they've ever done that. This morning, it's been 18 degrees but not as windy. They came out and explored a little bit, but I noticed their feet were getting really cold. In the fall windy days, they like to hang out in the window wells to get out of the wind. So I put some shavings in there today and they ran right in there and started to huddle. I also put some petroleum jelly on their combs because i hear that helps with frostbite, etc. We got them in August and they're around that 6 month age, but never laid any eggs before winter started. I'll assume we won't see any until Spring but i'll keep my fingers crossed. I have a couple nesting boxes in the coop but all they do is collect poop because the girls roost above them and poop drops in them. I put food in the coop for them yesterday when they didnt leave, but usually i have a hanging feeder on a tree that they use. I also have a heated dog bowl for the water. My questions: - What can i do to keep them happy in the winter? They don't like hanging cabbages - What should I do about the nesting boxes? Keep them in there collecting poop or introduce them later - I heard that I should make paths for them in the snow and lay hay/straw for them because their feet can get cold? - Minnesota can get very cold, whats the magic temp number for a heat lamp/pad? I haven't introduced them to one yet but I know there will be days below 0 coming. - Food inside or outside coop? Any feedback is greatly appreciated!!!!