Hey everyone... This is my very first BYC post, although I've been lurking for months checking out coop ideas. I have 6 hens and one crazy rooster. Although we built them a nice coop in the spring, I've let them free range all summer and they've decided that they prefer to sleep in the horses stall. Since they were then more predator prone, we put 2x4 roosts in the corners of the stall, and most nights I find them sitting up there fast asleep. The roosts are high... maybe 7 feet up, but the birds just use my horses as a step to hop on, and then fly to the roost. Thank God for patient horses! Much to my husband's dismay, the nice coop he built sits empty. Just this week, however, I found my first eggs nested in my hay. We are so excited... although at this point just 2 birds are laying (1 Buff O, and my R.I Red). Problem is... I need to use the hay to feed the horses all winter, so they can't lay there. I need to add nesting boxes to the horse stall, and while I'm at it I need to fence off the hay/tractor area of the barn to cut down on the chicken poo on the John Deere, lol. I have a good idea (I think) of putting boxes along the half wall of the stall, and wire above the box to keep them from venturing beyond that. However, these would be about 4 feet up, maybe bit more. Seems a bit high... but I could add a roost outside the box as a step? I'm also worried about warmth in the winter. I live in upstate NY.... and my stall door stays open about 362 day of the year so the horses can come and go as they please. Do you think the chickens will be ok with this? I had been planning on adding a heat lamp to the coop... maybe I need to make them stay there for the winter? Then again, as much as I love my coop... I can't imagine them not getting bored and pecking the heck out of each other if they're stuck inside all winter. So... I'm hoping to get some opinions from the experts. Thank you all!