Originally Posted by evaluna
Complete novice here planning on building our coop.
I live in SE PA, about 20 miles west of Philadelphia, to give you an idea on climate. I am planning on building the coop elevated, about 18"- 24" above ground and would like to know whether or not to insulate the floor?? While we are on the question of insulation, should I insulate the roof as well?? I know that I will have to provide adequate ventilation, and am planning on windows (cut-outs with hinged covers for now) on all four sides. Just thinking of keeping the cold from coming up through the floor in the winter, and keeping the heat from radiating down into the coop during the summer. Is this unnecessary?
Thanks for any and all help! So glad to have such a helpful forum at my fingertips!
actually only heat will transfer.. from high to low
the reason you are wearing a jacket during the winter is to keep your body heat from leaving your body .. not to keep the cold from coming in (unless there's wind)
insulation is used to slow down the transfer of heat.. not cold
i don't know how cold your area can get but if your chickens are fully grown with feathers.. body heat+ feathers+ group together will be sufficient for them to stay warm during the winter
just seal up any draft (holes/openings at the chicken level).
if the temperature drops even lower.. and you think insulation is needed then you can get add some insulation if you like.. on the outside (not inside) of the coop since chickens will peck at them.. so insulating all the surrounding walls (leaving ventilation) of the coop if you think it is needed.
if your area has longer winter months than summer.. then i would suggest you paint the outside of the coop with some dark (black) paint to help absorb the sun rays
there's a reason why white color cars are so popular here in Arizona heat :) .. since it will reflect more lights (thus cooler inside in the summer) vs black color cars
but black color cars would be the best if you in a state that has long winter months.
Edited by BruceAZ - 5/25/16 at 3:10pm