Originally Posted by WhileHewasgamin
Thank you! Would you insulate your chicken coop? Trying to gather enough information before we make a decision.
Originally Posted by fisherlady
We insulated ours, but the eaves are open and only covered with hardware cloth and we have multiple windows, one of which remains cracked open year around . The insulated walls and floor make it more practical for our broodies who hatch year around. we have taken a couple of the corners and made snug little broody huts in which our hens have been able to raise many, many chicks in. heated dog bowls are able to keep water thawed even on really, really cold days.
We also insulated ours and left the eves open with just hardware cloth. Seems to work well. We have 1 window that we remove over the summer (screen stays in) and a huge door on the side that we open every day, all summer. The window gets put back in and the big door is kept shut starting in late fall. We have a 5 gallon bucket with nipple waterers on the bottom that stays in the run. We run a submersible de-icer into it which usually keeps the nipples flowing though they did freeze over a couple times last year.
Does anyone here put plastic up around their run for the winter? I think we're going to this year since last year, it was so cold and the wind would blow right through our run (its like 12 feet tall though). Our girls wouldn't come out if the snow blew into their run. They didn't want to step in it but who can blame them. I'm hoping that the plastic will keep the snow out and maybe even add a bit of warmth like a greenhouse. If nothing else, protect them from the wind. The eves well still be open for ventilation.