I hate winter !!! I don't do well in the cold...actually I am allergic as the cold makes me hive out badly. It's a weird histamine reaction. Being in Northern Michigan winter is always cold. I realize we are on the down side of winter but it's dragging soooooo slowly and I am going thru withdrawals bad. Is anybody else missing their chickens like I am...?? I mean I go out and feed and tend them before work ~but that is early and some don't want to come out of the coops that early or when it's too cold. It's not the same as spending my evenings with them in the spring,summer, fall ...it's relaxing. When I get home now it's dark and all have gone to roost. And with the cold I don't spend a lot of time outside with them on the weekends. I watch them from the window of my bedroom which isn't the same. I have 18 chicks in a brooder now and another batch of eggs in the bator, but it's not helping my withdrawals...how sad is that...lol. Julie ICWS ...intense chicken withdrawal syndrome !!