Hi all, I do hope I am in the best category for this issue. I have been surfing around the forum here trying to get the best info. Found some variety of answers, but hoping for better clarification. So anyways... the main question is: What is the ideal temperature for a chicken coop? I live in Northern Il, I have 5 hens in a 4x5 coop. The coop is not insulated. (my husband and I discuss the possibilities of the hens pecking out the insulation). The coop is up off the ground about 2 feet. Deep litter method inside. We do have it ready for heat lamps, but have not put them in yet. Need to finish getting electric to the coop itself. The water has frozen in the night. We are working on a water heater, but it also looks like a heat lamp may be just enough to keep the coop above freezing. The heat lamps are stationed above the rafters which is where the hens roost (instead of the intended roosts we put in) will they be too close to the chickens? I have read some people hang the lights closer to the water. Do the hens peck at the wires? With all that, what are the signs of cold chickens? I see them out in the cold windy days. This is our first winter. My husband knows people who do nothing for their chickens in the winter. I prefer to offer them a bit more comfort and warmth. Thank you for any thoughts.