So I have 2 questions.... We are in the process of winterizing our coops...this is the 1st winter we will have our chickens. It got down to slightly below freezing last night and they are not acting cold this morning, phew ( I was worried). I have read about putting lights in the coop for warmth..I am not interested in increasing the light for laying..I just want a light for warmth. So...I read on here that a regular light bulb is enough to keep them warm cause we don't really want the electric consumption that a heat bulb will give us. our coops are approx 5' X 5' and house 6 full size RSL's in one coop and 6 smaller chickens (phoenix, bantam and some young RSL's). Can I get a red party light..will that be sufficient for heat? I plan to leave the light on all night for them and turn it off during the day when it is warmer. I live in NY where a typical winter day is 20-30 degrees F and 10-15 degrees at night..the occasional cold weeks it might get to 0 at night and 15 in the day. I use pine shavings in the coops and my coops are plywood and raised off the ground (which we are planning to run plywood around 3 of the sides so that they can get under the coops and huddle when cold) #2 I see that a lot of people put food and water in the coops...my chickens don't seem to eat or drink at night when they are roosting and come out 1st light to eat and drink. Should I put food and water in the coops for night time? Does it change in the winter..will they suddenly start eating and drinking at night? Seems like the only thing that happens when I put food and water in the coop is the food get spilled and the water gets dirty. what do ya think? And yes...I have 2 coops cause I couldn't get the resident RSL's to be nice to the new flock! Someday I will have to master the skill of introducing new chicken family members!