My small flock of chickens were free ranging all summer and generally stayed close to the the goat pen. At night, they liked to roost in a couple of trees inside the pen. This fall we finished up our chicken coop and put them inside for a couple of weeks so that hopefully they'd think of that as home. It only sort of worked. I still wanted to let the chickens out to free range during the day but sometimes they wouldn't go back to the coop at night and instead would roost in the tree like they were used to. For the most part, this really isn't an issue because our weather is generally mild. Except for last Friday. We didn't get more than an inch or two of snow at our house but by the time I got home, the freezing rain and sleet had turned the roads to ice. My husband was outside frantically trying to round up the last few chickens that were outside and they were stubbornly insisting on roosting in the tree. They settled into some of the top branches and fluffled themselves up and refused to come back down. As much as I hated to leave them out there when they have a nice dry, insulated and well ventilated coop with food and water and lots of roost space, there wasn't much I could do because they were too high to get out of the tree. I fully expected to go outside the next morning to find dead chickens frozen on the ground. Instead, I went outside to the goats and chickens skating across a thick sheet of ice in the goat pen. Apparently the chickens had weathered the night ok even though one looked like she still had ice on her tailfeathers. They huddled around the hot water I brought out for the waterer and then went into the goat house where there was straw to stay warm in. After all the threads I'd read about chickens in cold weather I was really worried that they'd be too frail to make it through the storm. They really surprised me by being tougher than I thought they could be. I've been watching them since the storm and they seem to be doing just fine. I've been bringing them out yogurt and hot oatmeal the past couple of days just so they can keep their energy up and they're all doing just great. I've had some drop in egg production from the chickens outside but I'm not sure if that's because of the stress from the weather or if they're just hiding their eggs again. I just wanted to share my story for those of you dealing with cold weather right now and who are worried about their birds. They might be tougher than you think!