I got on this subject from someone else's post about winter hardiness. I'm going to have to figure out if BR are also winter hardy, as I've got 5 of them. I'm in NE Kansas, and it gets fierce here in the winter for short bursts. The original post that got me thinking was about RIR, and that's what my neighbor (the one who got me hooked!) has-- he's very nonchalant about care and won't go to great lengths to prepare the birds for winter- prob is, when I got my girls, I got 2 extra and raised them for him for first 2 months. One died soon after I gave them to him, and now at 5 mos, his BR is ostracized by his RIR and I'm worried she won't winter well w/o a friend to snuggle with, etc. Can you tell I'm still emotionally attached to this girl? My kids are, too. I won't be doing that sort of raising/handing over again...not good for me. Can a BR survive well w/o friends in the winter? Should I go to any special lengths to winterize for my 5 BR, as far as heating my coop or insulating it? Jan suggested upping scratch when temps start to dip, but what other measures shall I take? Thanks!