I'm still kinda new at this. I've only been raising chickens for a year and a half or so. Currently, my coop area (electrified) is directly behind the kitchen in the "L" part of the house. (outside of course). My chickens are free roam on a 20 acre organic farm. I just got in 40 new heritage and rare breeds this past Monday. I have started to build a 8x8x6 ft house (pic below) and I will be adding two 4x4x4 lean to's on either side. I HAVE PAID NOTHING FOR MY MATERIALS BTW with the exception of $100 for 70ft of 3.5ft tall picket fencing! ! Craigslist RAWKS! I am using wood and windows that I have collected over the years as well as extra wood fencing boards that have been stacked and covered for other uses. Anyway.....
I live in Middle Tennessee and one thing I've noticed over the last Winter (mild as it was) the current coop area was not entirely enclosed therefore got a good dose of Northern winds. I have several houses for them, but the chickens prefer to the roosts over the houses.
This time I am building a house and yard back a bit with a nice Red Maple for shade in the summer, the sun sets over the tree line to the west around 5:45pm- 6:00pm in the Summer, and excellent Southern exposure for the Winter.
I'm using 3/4" plywood for the entire house. The frame is made with 2x6 fence rails. I've built the floor on a skid from timbers from our local saw mill. (no permit needed if building is not a "permanent structure") ;-) I have covered the floor with cheap vinyl and will install windows on the East, South and Western walls.
Obviously I still have quite a bit of work to do, but my question is, should I insulate the house and install actual interior walls? Or just leave it open framed inside? (BTW - I am a 38 yr old woman and have done this by myself!) :)
Had to throw this picture in. One of my crazy cats, Luna taking a rest.
Thank you in advance for your input!