...is something I want to look into for next season. I'd also like to move my chicks from the rubbermaid brooder to a garage set up prior to putting them into their permanent outdoor coop so I'm thinking about getting started on something now. I will have 3-4 bantams to house over the worst of winter (-0* temps and snow), mid-Decmber through mid-March. I may even only want to garage coop them during the worst cold and/or snowy snaps, leaving them out otherwise. I think this would make them easier to care for, most notably keeping their water from freezing. I have a couple of questions. First, will the birds need a box (house) to roost in, inside a garage? I plan to construct a small stall of sorts in the corner on the south wall near the south facing window. I would give them roosts and the floor will be matted/bedded but they will not have access to outside during this time. The garage has water/electric and is insulated, though it is not heated and gets well below freezing. Before I built an insulated box to enclose them, my exposed water pipes always froze out there. Also, would enclosing the stall in window screen cut down on the dust from this set up? This is not a fancy garage but the lawn mower, power tools, and all my gardening stuff live there. I'm not sure 3 or 4 bantams would create that much dust but I truly don't know. But then conversely, if it cut down on the dust in the garage, would it just be concentrating the dust in the birds' living environment? I am not worried about them getting cold, I am worried about keeping the water from freezing when it's -30F and I know I can take better care of them inside when the winter gets really bad. Does anyone have any thoughts or words of wisdom?