Ok so I have two chickens that I brought home back in June. I don't have a lot of cash so I collected things around the farm to build a house for them (Pictured Below). I did swap the litter box out for an old desk drawer. They like the drawer much better for their nesting box. This has worked pretty nicely during the summer. At night I would go out and flip the yellow crate up and bungee cord it to the dog house. Their house is in a 9x9 kennel. So since it has gotten a little chilly I have put one bale of straw up next to the house and tried putting some wind blocks around the outside of the kennel. I also now put thin curtain down, then a piece of board, and then the yellow crate to lock them up at night to help keep some of their body heat in. I live in North-Central Indiana...so it get a little cold here in the winter. I read somewhere on one of the post that their area has to be kept dry. Why is this? Most of the time as soon as they lay their eggs in the morning I let them out to free range for the remainder of the day. When the weather is yucky I keep them in their kennel but it does get wet. The picture below is an older one. I have since but shade cloth around the bottom of the kennel and then netting around the bottom to prevent any hungry critters from reaching through the fence. I have also covered the top with fence and snow drift netting and sheets to provide shade. I appreciate any advice you have to give. My girls are "Thelma and Louise". One is a Rhode Island Red and one is a Wine-dot. I know I probably spelled that wrong. Thanks again. These pics were taken back in June....they have taken all the grass out.