Hi There I'm new to this forum and new to the Northern mountains of Vermont. Last May we got chickens and because the climate is so harsh here, I checked out the neighbors' flocks to see what breeds would tolerate the long cold winter. We decided on RI Reds, Orpingtons & Leghorns. I ordered them from the local feed store and they have done very well. However, as the Leghorns have gotten older, I've noticed they are NOT Rosecomb Leghorns. I'm not happy with the feed store because I was told I was getting Rosecomb Leghorns. That aside I have 5 healthy birds and want to provide a warm happy place for them this winter. I just insulated the coop really well, provided perches wide enough so they can keep their feet warm.... and when it starts getting cold, plan to section off part of the roosting area to trap the heat from a heat lamp. Also, I read applying glycerine to their combs help to prevent frostbite.... I also read I could put a hood on them (Yes, I am making them winter hats!). So, my questions are: Am I doing all I can to keep these chickens warm? Would it be best to just find a new home for them somewhere in a warmer climate? Also, should I worry about my other chickens getting frostbite/cold? I have 1 Rhode Island Red, 5 Orpingtons, 5 Leghorns and I will be chicken sitting 4 other birds over winter for a friend who lost most of her flock recently (Not sure what breed, but she said winter-hardy). My coop is roughly 7x7x8 and is insulated with R19 and R22 fiberglass insulation. It sits on stilts about 2 feet off the ground and I live a few miles from Canada at the foot of a mountain. All feed back appreciated! My chickens thank you!