Two nights ago we got our first winter snowfall and I went out and put the girls in the coop. They were covered in snow, huddled up together outside. I've been fighting with this flock of three bantam hens every night to go collect them and get them into the coop. They have a tendency to want to roost on the deck railing under the porch light and I take them there and put them to bed. Last night, there were no girls to be seen on the deck and I went looking for them. It was 22 degrees outside at this point and I was really worried. The dog found one, which he actually picked up, brought it over to me and dropped her at my feet (he's a soft mouthed spaniel and didn't hurt her at all and she must have been cold/stunned because she didn't fight!). The other one I found huddled under the front bushes. The third I just couldn't find. She's black and with it already being nightfall.... I just couldn't find her. I spent an hour looking but had no luck. :-( Well, I found her this morning frozen to death. I'm very upset and am now wondering what I need to do differently to have these girls survive the winter. The black hen that died had recently gone broody and I'm wondering if the fact that she wasn't eating well contributed to her loss. Do I need to put a light or some sort of heat in the coop to ensure that they go there to get out of the elements? Please give me some guidance! I'm beside myself that this happened and don't want a repeat of last night/this morning.