Hi there - this is my first post but I've been a huge fan of this forum for many months and have come away with lots great ideas thanks to all the knowledgable contributors! I have 4 lovely layers - 6 months old - who have been, up until now, penned in a corner of our hay barn and turned out to free range during the day. We live in the Annapolis Valley Nova Scotia (North east of Maine) and with the colder weather coming on we are considering moving the girls into one of the unused stalls in our horse barn for the winter. Mostly this is to ensure they have access to unfrozen water 24/7. The problem is that the barn stall walls don't go all the way to the ceiling, they are about 7.5 feet with a 1.5 foot gap to the ceiling and the girls LOVE to sit up there and then fly down into the barn. We don't want them to have free access inside the horse barn because they tend to poop on the horse hay and/or make a mess in the horses stalls. I've considered tacking up chicken wire from the top of the stall walls to the ceiling, but the ceiling is aluminum sheeting and I don't want to put holes in it. I've also considered using duct tape to hold it up but I think this would look, well, tacky, and I'm not sure it would hold up with fluctuations in temperature. My husband has suggested we run something along the top of the stall walls to discourage the girls from sitting up there (I don't think they'd fly over without first lighting on the walls). He thinks that something prickly like christmas garland would work (deck the stalls!) I'm doubtful and even less sold on the esthetic of this idea. We'd need about 25 feet of coverage. I'm more tempted to leave them where they are since keeping them in the horse barn means they won't be able to free range as often and they HATE being "cooped up" during the day, but I am concerned about the frozen water issue. Any suggestions or comments??