Hello all, I know it isn't exactly the time to be thinking about winter, but I'm already concerned for the one that will be coming. I have a small flock of three birds who are always out in their covered outdoor run. I've been using sand as bedding both in the run and henhouse and it works great for clean up and water drainage and of course the ladies love bathing in it all the time. During the wintertime it gets very cold here in Wisconsin and I feel that they are not nearly comfortable enough in the henhouse. I know, I've read a lot about how surprisingly hardy chickens are in the winter but when it gets so cold and windy, I'm always worrying about them! Before winter, I take every precaution possible to ensure the girls have adequate ventilation but no drafts. All that good winter prep stuff. I was thinking about doing a deep litter method because I've heard it creates heat for the girls in the winter which would be perfect. The problem is that I've read that it isn't a good idea to do it out in the run because water from rain and snow has a chance of getting to it. And from my reasoning I don't think it would be a good idea in the henhouse because the girls don't spend much time in there even in the winter so they won't stir it up as much as it needs to be and I don't know if I want to be doing their job for them in the winter! Does anyone have any suggestions or are under similar circumstances and have found a different solution for wintertime?