Hello! I have a family of 3 buff orpingtons who are 1.5 years old. They all get along splendidly. Tomorrow, 2 new buff orpington girls, around 3-5 years old (I am adopting rescues from a farm sanctuary) will be joining them. They've been living with their current flock for months, and have been given a clean bill of health by a vet. I was considering setting up an enclosed dog travel crate in their run and putting a few inches of straw on the bottom, so they'll have a place to be near but separate from my current girls. They'll have separate food/water in there too. My concern is this... We are expecting a "big" snow - 12 - 15" tomorrow night. Can the new girls safely spend the night in the dog crate (it's a large dog travel crate with hard plastic sides, a metal gate on the front, and air holes in the top sides), outside in the run? They'll be protected from predators, because the run is completely enclosed, but they won't be in with my girls who have a *slightly* heated coop. These new chickens are apparently used to a coop that is unheated, but has a heated floor, though previously they were in an unheated barn. I don't want to cause more shock from being cold then they'll already be experiencing from being introduced to a new flock. Would it be better just to assimilate them out in their yard tomorrow before the storm comes and hope they all roost together at night in the coop - and skip the whole dog crate idea? Any ideas/thoughts are welcome. Darn snow.