Hi there! I haven't had chickens for a couple of years and really, REALLY want to get some again...just 2 or 3 for pets. I was thinking, if I got bantams, could I keep them in a very large dog crate in my basement at night and let them outside during the day? I did this once before when I first got chickens and had 2 silkies and a OEGB although they stayed in a playpen in the basement, not a dog crate. No one got sick but, then, a fox got them the beginning of Jan. so they didn't have that many cold months to deal with. That was way back in 2003 and it was a hard lesson to learn but I've learned all about predators since then and what to do so they don't get eaten. (And if you're wondering why I don't just put them in our old coop...my husband turned it into his personal storage place!! grrr) Anyway, what do you think? Our basement is cold in the winter but not as cold as it is outside. Thanks for your opinions!