I live in Massachusetts and we're having one heck of a heat wave. I'm new to chickens. My six 10-week old pullets are outside (free range in a fenced back yard) and they are HOT. Panting and hiding in the shade. We've been keeping them cool with the a kiddie pool filled with ice cold water (they are ignoring this) and lots of fresh water in their waterers. It's been stressful for us- worrying about them and watching for signs of heat stroke. They seem fine, though. They didn't go into the coop until almost 9:00 last night- it was still 85 at that point. This am, I started thinking about how summer will be over before I know it and, SOON, we'll be able to enjoy hanging out with the chickies again- sitting in lawn chairs and just watching them frolic. Then, BAM. It hit me. WINTER!!!!! We have our coop very close to the house and it has great wind protection. We are also close to an outlet, so we can provide some extra heat if needed. But, I can already see me stressing during those inevitible days of less-than-zero temps, snow drifts, ice storms. ARGHHTHT!!!! So, what's more stressful? Keeping my chickies cool or warm? Thanks!