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Building a new coop....insulation??

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Hi all, we are going to build a bigger coop and I don't think we need to insulate it.  We insulated our first one, but I don't really think it was needed.  I was wondering if it was?  We live in Ohio and have cold winters.  We would make sure it was draft free though.  Anyone have any opinions?  Thanks!

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post #2 of 15

Nope, you don't need insulation - just make sure it is well ventilated and draft free.


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We live much, much farther north and have much, much colder weather we also do not insulate.  Of course, you may do so.  But once you provide the ventilation that is needed, you'd be venting out all the "heat" anyhow.   The really important thing is to choose the breeds appropriate to one's climate.  

 

 

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We live much, much farther north and have much, much colder weather we also do not insulate.  Of course, you may do so.  But once you provide the ventilation that is needed, you'd be venting out all the "heat" anyhow.   The really important thing is to choose the breeds appropriate to one's climate.  


You have to be kidding.  You live in lower Michigan, and not the Arctic.  Why do you dramatize how cold it is where you live?

 

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Fred doesnt have to "dramatize" how cold it gets in Michigan, and he didnt.  He just stated how it is.  Seems the drama came from you.

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If you close everything up and insulate, you are going to have a hot stinky chicken coop come June.  Chickens can tolerate pretty cold temps. 

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You don't "Need" insulation. The birds have their OWN insulation, their feathers.  To me it's just an unnecessary expense in a chicken coop.  If you do insulate,  you will more than likely have to install interior walls, otherwise the birds WILL pick at the insulation.  By installing interior walls in a coop, you give mice and all kinds of other pests a nice hidden place to set up house and cause problems.  My coop is not insulated and the front is wide open year round and the birds are in perfect health. 

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Thanks everyone!  That's what I though.  I will make sure it's draft free and well ventilated!  I appreciate the feedback!

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You have to be kidding.  You live in lower Michigan, and not the Arctic.  Why do you dramatize how cold it is where you live?

 

 

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Fred doesnt have to "dramatize" how cold it gets in Michigan, and he didnt.  He just stated how it is.  Seems the drama came from you.



No drama intended, with apologies.  That said, the reality is that northern MI is indeed, much colder than Lorain, OH in the winter.   From the national weather service stats.

 

Ann Arbor, Mi    average February low    19F

Lorain, OH        average February low     19F

Grayling, MI      average February low      4F

It just is what it is.  15 degrees average colder night time lows.  idunno.gif

 

 

 

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This is in Northern Michigan.

 

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