So we have ran into a little snag with overwintering our flock. The coop is holding up just fine (it's insulated with good ventilation) and the girls are happily STILL laying one egg each per day. The problem is I can't get to it easily anymore! We live on a slightly higher elevation than the rest of the town so we always have some wind. Now with winter here the winds have really picked up and our backyard is apparently the place where the blown snow likes to settle (this is our first real winter since we've lived here). This morning I trudged through thigh high snow drifts to get to my girls... then on the way back I fell and ended up crawling over the hard packed snow. This cannot go on. We have a huge woodshed that is connected to our house. It's not insulated or heated but has windows with storm windows outside, and has a gravel floor. We are thinking of turning the back portion into a "winter coop". Here is my plan.... First it will be enclosed (chicken wire and wood) so they aren't pooping all over our firewood and summer stuff, but they will have floor to ceiling space with the floor measuring roughly 10ft x 5ft. Then I am going to place a sand box in one corner filled with their sand (their coop now has a sand floor with hay). The space already has shelving, most of which is going to be wired off, but the shelves closest to the floor will be turned into nesting boxes. I was thinking of using the 5 gallon bucket method since we have them. Food and water will be the same as it is in the regular coop. They will have two large windows in the space as well, with at least one roost in front of a window. Does this sound like an okay plan? Will it hurt them to not have access to the outdoors for the hard winter months? Is there anything else I should add to my plan?