I am new to chickens. I recently took over my family's farm and have a rooster and nine chickens. I built them a nice coop and run, but have moved them inside the barn for the winter. The thing is, the barn is very old, about 150 years old and starting to fall into disrepair, and it is cold. Inside the barn, I have an underground room, which was an ice room according to my dad. It is much like the root cellar we have on another part of the farm, and my father says that they would load this room up with ice and that both the ice room and root cellar maintain a temperature in the 50s. I store water in the room and we have running water in there. Most of my life the room was used for slaughtering animals, but I am starting to wonder if, with proper lighting, it might not be a better place to put my flock for the winter. I live in New England, and it is very cold. Eggs and water are freezing. I don't know if it's healthy to house chickens in a root cellar type room, but am sure that the extreme cold is probably not that much better. Any thoughts?