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You will be much happier with a walk-in coop and run.  Insulation isn't really needed, BUT an insulated roof will help with summer heat.  Also shade;  trees, shrubs,, and maybe vines.  Select breeds that will do well in your climate, and forget about a heat lamp!  Electricity is a good thing in the coop anyway, for  preventing frozen waterers in winter, and light to help with winter egg laying.  Mary