Are my chickens dumb or is this normal....I have a flock of 11 hens. I have a very large coop for them but the door is always open, they have full access to a large totally caged in area (it's caged in to keep predators out) so they can come/go in/out of the coop as they please. The coop is wired so once it hits a certain cold temperature the heat lamp kicks on and will bring it up to 70degrees. They chickens have food and water inside the coop as well as the chicken run. The problem is it can be 17outside and rainy and the chickens refuse to go in the coop. They only go in there to lay eggs, then they go right back outside. A couple days ago they were all outside, soaking wet in the rain, the wind was really bad, and it was going down to 15degrees outside. My husband and I picked each one up and put them in the coop. They seemed to enjoy it at first being warm and dry and sheltered from the rain...buuuut a few hours later they started clucking and freaking out so loud I heard them in the house so we went back out and took them out of the coop and put them in the run. Is this normal? Can chickens survive in below freezing temps? I have rhode island reds and some kin of white chicken (breed unknown). What can I do? I really worry about their health. If I wake up and go out one day and they're frozen, I'm going to be sooooo sad and upset!!