Alrighty, winter here is getting mighty long, I'm already dreaming of the improvements I'm going to make to my coop Ok, so I just got done reading an article by Robert Plamondon (?) about open faced chicken coops and the benefits of fresh air in the coop. I believe the link was on a thread written by Davaroo? Very interesting. From what I understand (and someone please correct me if I'm wrong) it's basically a 3 sided shed facing away from prevailing winds with the opening covered with hardware cloth or wire mesh to keep out predators. Has anyone tried this in a cold climate (cold being below zero for days or weeks at a time)? It seems a bit...drafty, but how many birds get sick because they are closed up in a tight building? Any thoughts or comments? Do drafts really kill birds that are acclimated to the cold and who have a place to get out of the direct wind? It seems that birds in the wild make it through the winter, and they don't always have free choice layer feed available to fuel their internal body temps...I'm sure your egg production would go down, but would the birds get sick? Thanks!