We have 3 silkies and live in michigan and I am so worried about keeping them warm, they are 6 months old and I think they quit growing, they are all only a few pounds, tiny little chickens! We have 1 confirmed roo and think the other 2 are hens but no eggs yet. They are family pets and we love them so much we don't want them to die. The lady we got them from said they do just fine in the winter here and only lost 1 last year and it was fridges here, but she also had LOTS if chickens! I have been reading about a snuggle safe disc that people sometimes use for outdoor pets and wondered if anyone has ever used them? I do not want to use a heat lamp/light bulb, I am terrified of it starting a fire. I've read alot and people seem to have mixed feeling on heat or no heat, I tend to feel its not great for them since chickens have survived hundreds a of years with out heat and birds seem to do just fine in the winter! We have 1 other chicken she's a Rhode Island Red and she survived last winter just fine and we used no heat for her just tons of bedding and closed her up in her coop. She doesn't get along with our silkies so we added an apartment to our coop for them. My silkies don't seem to be really smart like or Rhode Island, they won't go in there coop at night they sit at the top of the steps in front of the opening to there coop so every night we have to put them in the coop and close the door. They sit right in front of the closed door, they will not roost at all. Wondered if anyone out there has silkies in a cold climate!