Plants in terra cotta planters in zone 5

I live in zone 5. I planted hens and chicks in a couple of terra-cotta planters this summer and they are doing GREAT. My question is, since they are in terra cotta planters (strawberry pots) can they be left outside in the winter? I live in zone 5 and I don't leave the planters out in the elements because they will break. I don't want the hens and chicks to die either.
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Terra-cotta planters certainly can break during the freeze/thaw cycles of winter. Perhaps you could find a spot where the planters will be protected. Cover them to keep out winter rains and snow. And mulch around them to keep temperatures more constant.

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As long as the pots are kept dry they will safely survive the cold weather. I used to do ceramincs for a living and always kept my items I was selling in the van between craft shows. As long as there is room between items and nothing gets wet they should be alright.
Submitted by barb_froelich