@Memphis this is for you and all my Minnesota Peeps. This is Dixie brooding a Welsummer chick in 37 degrees today. Little Loretta is a toughie.
Loretta going back under for a warm up.
Oh ya for sure @jerryse. We would let DH do his men's work with the Chainsaw.
DH said the bait shop was completely gutted and they have it quite fancy in there now. I'll have to go check it out for sure now. The bow guy from Swanson's over in Hack bought it.
So I've had my birds locked up while the neighbors have been up. I opened the doors to the run to go see the broody Momma. And they all went out and all came back in. I don't think they mind spending this cold weekend on their straw taking naps.
IIMHO I would be building the coop the same way you are. I have been told that it is not necessary to insulate still . . . . Then I would provide plenty of ventilation at the top of the coop. One does not negate the other. I did provide brooder lights on those cold way below 0 nights and days this past winter and with the insulation I would not have even consider the lights. Between the chickens generated heat and the lack of drafts with the two walls and insulation I would not worry about my birds. I did experience the condensation due to lack of ventilation due to the plastic attached to the whole run. When I pulled down some of the plastic protecting my run per instructions from Ralphie - I found the run to be just as warm and no condensation accumulating.
Did I say all that in an understandable communication? Sometimes I am befuddled.
Thanks! I actually messed up and forgot to get the insulation today…. So I either just apply the plastic or I drive all the way back to Duluth and waste my only day to work on the coop UGH!!!!! I think I have plenty of vents….I have a vent at the top of the front and back wall, a vent going into the barn, the window on the front wall and the window in the door will come out like a storm window and last, the entire eave on the end wall will be vented. I made sure all are well above where the chickens will roost. (except for the window but that won’t be open in the winter)
I will have ship lap on the outside and the inside with the plastic in the middle… worst case scenario, I can remove the top two rows and put insulation down the walls this fall. I really can’t afford to waste tomorrow….I am working doubles this entire month and have only Sundays to work on my coop and greenhouse L **** ! I am so forgetful sometimes I just want to cry!
I am tired, just got home, Will tell you about my day from Hades.... Just know if God wants to punish little chicks instead of sending them to Hades, he sends them to me. Poor things..
Coffee send a text, she lost Strawberry today. Details tomorrow..
Siggie While you were in Duluth I saw you hubby out riding horse through Brainerd. Nice Hat he has.