Chicken owners that live in cold climates often have to make some decisions when it comes to colder Fall and Winter weather. One such dilemma is whether you should be heating the chicken coop. We live on Cape Cod, where we have windy winters and temperatures that occasionally dip below zero. The Cape is a man-made island surrounded entirely by the ocean. The ocean greatly affects our weather and causes us to experience small temperature fluctuations between day and night. Snow fall varies from year to year. Some years we have very light snowfall and others deliver a wallop of 2 feet or more.