I know its a long ways off, but its never too early to start thinking about winter. I know, the day after summer begins, boooooo. Anyway, I started out having my first batch of chickens this spring. I had all intentions of making dinner out of them at the end of the fall. Well ..long story short, I cant. Theyve grown on me and I couldnt kill them. Im thinking about winter and trying to plan around my weak heart. How late in the year can they roam around the pen? Up here winter has been coming later and later each year it seems. The past couple years we didnt even have accumulating snow till mid Nov. And our staying for the winter snow never really materialized much. Used to be it would start snowing in October on and off and by Nov you had snow that lasted till the end of March. Now it seems like it comes and melts with each storm. Not that there were many. So Im wondering, can the chickens be out when theres just a little snow? Whats the coldest they should have access to the yard?