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Should I insulate the walls of my coop/minibarn?

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The 6x8' minibarn I bought just has the thin outer wall like most. I'm about to install the roost and nesting boxes, but I keep going back and forth on whether to put another thin layer of plywood up to cover and protect the 2x4 frame and better insulate the coop. I doubt I will actually use insulation but an 1/8" of plywood would provide a good deal of insulation and keep the birds from pooing on the base 2x4's.

Looking for help to make the final decision and recommendations based on experience.
Edited by Toddrick - 3/19/17 at 6:59am
post #2 of 42
Cons..

A place for mice to hide

Gary

Coop is DONE!!  well the outside...

 

here it is   http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1160673/must-finish-coop-done

 

Gary from Idyllwild Ca here

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Coop is DONE!!  well the outside...

 

here it is   http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1160673/must-finish-coop-done

 

Gary from Idyllwild Ca here

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Originally Posted by IdyllwildAcres View Post

Cons..

A place for mice to hide

Gary

That's a good point. Nowhere to hide from the little dinosaurs as it is...
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i used insulation and spray foam in my inner coop and I think it was worth it.  the less energy they expend on heating the more they have for eggs.  that said, the biggest effect I've had on laying production is adding a window.   I found double pain samples being thrown away at a near by window store and installed them just a few weeks ago and within a few days all the chickens starting laying again, it was kind of mind boggling how much of a difference a little more light in the evening and morning made!  a good thing to keep in mind as well, if you seal up the inner coop, you need to assure adequate air ventilation to get the ammonia out from their poop, otherwise it can burn their lungs.  you'll also need to be mindful of them over heating in the summer.  you'll probably need a way to increase ventilation in the summer and decrease it in the winter.  it's all a balancing act.  

post #5 of 42
I agree with Gary.

Been there did NOT like it.
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More light and ventilation is very important!  I just had a bad experience with rats moving into the insulated wall of my coop!  I like insulation, in theory, but won't ever do the conventional wall/ insulated cavity/wall approach again!  If you can beef up the R value, and  the strength and chewability of the walls, go for it.  The most effective insulation is in the roof, IMO, for protection from summer sun.  Mary

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I had 16" vents installed and the coop has two windows so those areas shouldn't be a concern.

I am leaning towards no plywood inside the walls because I do not want mice living in there. I also don't want to spend a lot so it would only be 1/8 or 3/16" plywood, which mice would probably easily chew through. But I could partially plywood the walls, leaving 4" of so open at the bottom so chickens can't squeeze under there to poo, and mice can't hide a nest there.
Edited by Toddrick - 3/19/17 at 7:48am
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Mice are amazing climbers. They would quickly figure out how to beat the system.

I have seen them figure out that they could get in through certain ridges in my metal roof. That led them onto rafters and down to the feeders. They were only using the ones right by rafters!!!

Lots of mouse traps and bucket traps later as well as sealing the ridges we are mouse limited. (Never truly mouse free)
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I should have mentioned as well that my coupe is evnveloped with hardware cloth that goes two feet into the ground all the way around.  there is no way for rats to get inside the coop, well, you know, no way so far.

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Originally Posted by Toddrick View PostThe 6x8' minibarn I bought just has the thin outer wall like most. I have been around the sun 67 times and have been keeping birds for decades. If it were a metal shed I would recommend insulation. Personally in your case I would not bother. Always be on the look out for a hen that may need a little extra TLC. Feed extra whole corn through the cold months in an extra feeder they will do just fine (as long as they are a cold hearty breed).

Edited by Hokum Coco - 3/20/17 at 2:20am

Hope this helps,

Check out this link leads to a Video interview on me and my grand daughter done by a local TV Station on our WHITE HOMING PIGEON loft:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iE82dIWdsw&feature=em-upload_owner

 

If you are not living for something;

You are dying for nothing.

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Hope this helps,

Check out this link leads to a Video interview on me and my grand daughter done by a local TV Station on our WHITE HOMING PIGEON loft:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iE82dIWdsw&feature=em-upload_owner

 

If you are not living for something;

You are dying for nothing.

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