Greetings from me and my 6 pullets in South Minneapolis, MN on a standard city lot. Since buying our home six years ago we'd been wanting to get chickens going, and we got a free chicken coop a few years ago from a craigslist ad (it was more like a bunny hutch with a small hen house attached) which sat in our yard forever. This spring we finally took the plunge. While the chicks were growing in a rubbermaid tub in the basement, we cobbled together a home for them out of the franken-coop that we'd inherited. It was ok for a while, but I realized quickly it wouldn't work for winter here, nor would it be enough for six full grown birds. I just finished a new, bright and airy coop for them and they seem to be doing great although the three who were laying stopped abruptly with the move. Hopefully with more daylight and recovery from the stress of moving, they will be laying again soon. I did a lot of reading about winter chicken keeping on these forums and was heartened by all the stories from northerners whose birds are able to tough out the cold with the help of vigilant care. Our coop is currently not insulated or heated, but I'll be watching them for signs of discomfort, as insulating is definitely an option. I'm hoping not to add heat to the coop. They seem very happy so far, and we have gotten into the teens at night. Their names are inspired by Prince songs with one exception. Sheila is a Barred Plymouth Rock Cynthia is an Australorp Dorothy is the other Australorp Nikki is a Gold Laced Wyandotte Camille is a Speckled Sussex Last, I named our Buff Orpington after one of my favorite Azerbaijani weightlifters, Boyanka Kostova. I have two cats and a four year old as well. Hi!!!!