This is my first winter with my girls (I still call them that, even though I'm 99.999% sure my light brahma is a rooster (I also have two BPRs)), and I feel for them with the weather we've been having. Additional info: Their coop was built with insulation, but they've pecked most of it off. Also, I leave the small door open; the windows are shuttered, but I'm sure a draft gets through. I'm in Indianapolis - the weather is all over the place (today alone we had thunderstorms, a wind advisory, and a winter weather advisory - it's snowing now); it rarely dips into the single digits in the winter. It's been super rainy; their run is uncovered and it's really muddy. They don't go inside their coop during the day, so we put a little shelter in the run, which they do seem to use. Winter Questions: 1) Should I close the door to the coop after they go in for the night? Do I need to wake up with them to open it? 2) Should I put a heater in the coop? If so, what do you suggest? I'm worried a heat lamp would be too hot/a serious fire hazard. Random Questions: 1) One of my BPRs had broken feathers and blood around her comb the other day. Either she got in a fight with a hawk or falcon or (more likely) the light brahma was nipping at her during a particularly violent mounting. She seems fine now, but in the future, is there something I should treat the area with? 2) I can't get my hens to lay in their boxes, is this a big deal? I tried the golf balls when they first started, but they just pulled them into the main area where they were laying (points for cleverness for them - I haven't added a ledge yet to the end of the boxes so this isn't possible). Thanks!!