Hello! I hope this is the appropriate place to post this topic We built a new chicken house this year, but didn't have the chance to build the partially covered run. We free-ranged our chickens all summer and fall, and regardless of weather conditions, they preferred to come outside than stay in the coop. They also like to scratch around in the barn, old sheds, under vehicles, under the apple trees, etc. As the snow gets deeper we will shovel paths from the coop to the barn and sheds specifically for the chickens to use so they can "range" from the coop into sheltered areas that they like to hange out in during the day. I am just wondering if anyone else does this in snow areas? Or am I way off the mark for proper chicken keeping? LOL We got about 4 inches of snow overnight. Youngsters hanging out in the doorway of the coop. Waiting for treats - we shoveled a smooth area to throw their scratch and sunflower seeds.