Hello I reno our old 12x8 shed to be our coop. I sectioned off with chicken wire the front part for food storage and etc.., so they have a 8x8 area. I just picked up 6 4 month old silkies last night and they are my first chickens so I want to make sure I am taking proper care of them. The coop is insulated, with vents and two windows, I am not heating it, and I am using pine shavings as bedding. I plan on using the deep litter method for winter, so I put down about a inch of shavings for them to start and I will add once it gets dirty. My questions are: 1. we didn't build our run yet, what should I do for the winter time in the run? it will be roofed and I was thinking if wrapping plastic around it. Or should I keep them inside all winter? I just want them to be safe and warm! 2. I have to build the land up some because it is low where the coop is should I use gravel for better drainage? than put shavings or straw or sand down? I don't want it to be wet and freeze them to death, so I want the best bedding/drainage material to build the ground up some and level it out more. 3. Should I let them out of the run to free range supervised in the evening before dark? just to make them happier?