Our first winter, so I'm a nervous Mom... We have a small a-frame coop (shelter on top, run on the bottom). We got a pretty good storm this weekend, and of course the snow piled up in the run about 8" deep. When I opened the hatch, one of my girls came out and braved the snow up to the top of her legs to get a snack. She didn't look too upset, but it freaked me out so I shoveled out the run (OK, I made my husband do it) so that the rest of the snow was packed down and threw some hay in. They've been fine ever since, picking through the hay and then taking breaks to go back upstairs. Here's the question: Is it bad for the chickens to be wading around in the snow? Should I try to prevent snow from going into the run by wrapping it somehow? If so, any suggestions for how to wrap? I'm also currently feeding/watering them in the run because there's no light in the upstairs for them to eat by. Does that matter? Should I have some food up there also even though it's dark? There is some water, but they have never used it. So far I haven't used any heat in the roost area for them to sleep, but they look OK to me. How would I know if they are stressed out? No one is laying right now, but only one had even started to lay before the days got short and I was not going to go the artificial light route. Thanks!!!!