I have a strange way of housing my birds for the winter and wondered if anyone else did something similar.. Yes.. I know Im strange LOL.. I use a method similar to what I use for the cattle and horse during breeding season. I have large pens that I house the hens only in for winter. The roosters remain free range with small shelters set up near natural wind breaks, where I load the small shelters down with hay and they get along very well. I only keep 2-4 roos back.. so no need for a coop for them. My theroy is if they can't winter with out a heat lamp, they don't need to be producing chicks that will live in Iowa anyway. The hens in the spring are put in pens and seperated by breed, then the rooster is added untill they have gone to set. At that point the roo is removed again and when the chicks are old enough to run loose with the hen, the gates on all the pens remain open untill next late fall, when they are all sorted again. The fact they return each night to the pens means I can cull and butcher the young roos as needed or treat any of them for heath reasons etc, and worm/lice dip and so on. This also keeps my free range eggs in a single location. For 8-9 months of the year they are running on 30 acers.. and only penned ( the hens) for 3-4 months avrage.. I noticed that most of my chicken freinds allow less range time, and keep the roos with the hens more often.. Wondered if this was a method more people than I knew about used.. or.. Im strange?