They are generally very social animals and without companionship can become depressed. Single chickens have also been known to harm themselves by picking at their feathers to relieve the boredom of solitary life. Much like humans, they tend to thrive in a group rather than in isolation. Mar 5, 2021

On sunny days, chickens will position themselves to absorb the sun’s warmth, and on cold nights, they will huddle together in a tight group to share body heat. Chickens can even slightly lower their internal metabolism to better resist cold snaps.

Warm weather chickens should not be kept at or below the forty-degree mark, although short periods of a few minutes outside to stretch their legs is okay if you have the time to herd them back into the coop before they freeze. Aug 5, 2022