There have been a lot of very helpful posts about how to handle chickens in cold temperatures so thank you in advance to everyone who takes the time to reply! This is my first year with chickens and we only have 4 hens in a small backyard coop. We have had snow and temperatures in the 10s and 20s recently, but in the next few days it is predicted to be record cold – down to -35 at times! I don’t have the option to heat the hutch, but could move them into our basement where it is about 60 degrees. After reading the other posts on here, I worry that would be more detrimental to them than helpful? They have a little hutch that is closed on 4 sides (except for the opening for them to get in and out) and then a little run underneath that is surrounded by chicken wire. I have put a tarp up on 3 sides of the chicken wire run to protect from wind. They just stay in their little hutch when it is so cold and I worry they get bored (maybe that is silly), plus I don’t see them come down for water so I worry they aren’t drinking. What is the best way to handle these frigid temperatures in my little flock? Do nothing? I feed them their normal feed plus as much cracked corn as they want, and some cat food and suet for extra protein. Any ways to heat their hutch without electricity?