All of the coops I have seen have been made of wood and I was wondering if its ok to use a metal storage shed instead? My dad and mom have a large metal storage shed that they are not useing that they told me I could have if I want it but I wanted to check with you experts before I moved it from thier house to mine to make sure there is no problem with have a metal coop vs. a wooden coop.
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I fear that a metal shed will get too hot in the summer sun and in winter does little to retain heat.
Example we have a pole barn and front half is just usual metal and very hot. The previous owners separated back half with insulated wall and dropped ceiling and insulated it as well as the the remaining 3 walls. The back is much cooler in summer and my ponies will stay in there. In winter it is much warmer in there compared to front half.
I have not heard much positive things about metal chicken coops.
Yes I agree with lilchick those metal sheds do get 'extra' HOT during the summer months and cold in the winter.. Maybe if it can be modified some that might help? Adding a window to the south side might help for summer airflow. Is electric available for the shed as well? A fan to help circulate air can help. Maybe if you can add insulation too! Good luck and hope you come up with a good plan for the shed if it's the only option.
I think you would need to insulate it very well plus cut vents in steel and add windows. I have 2 coops that are covered with pole barn steel but have a shingle roofs. They are insulated with 1 1/2" foam sheeting on the walls and roof. They stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter and my chickens are very comfortable in them.
The foam insulation isn't cheap but, we had the steel so, that off set the price.
Yes the Owens Corning PINK®. Foam Insulation might work but then you'd want paneling over that so chicks would not peck at it I'd guess.
I would add the windows and insulation and I can run electricity to it as well for a fan it would also be in a spot that has a lot of shade from trees so if I do all of these thing it would be ok right? I will have to go to Lowes and see if its going to cost more to fix the metal one up then it would to build a wooden one and then I will decide for sure which way I want to go.