9 weeks til I'm hangin with my peeps!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Mammahen71, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. Mammahen71

    Mammahen71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello all! I have been reading posts on BYC for 3 months now, and finally convinced the hubby to go forward with chickens on the homestead. We have 2 acres, and we are starting with 9 hens. Due to arrive the week of April 8th! I can't wait to be hangin with my peeps... We ordered 3 Rhode Island Reds, 3 Barred Plymouth Rocks, and 3 Easter Eggers.

    My big question is... To insulate the coop, or not to insulate the coop? I am in upstate NY (Schenectady/Albany)... What do you think?
     
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  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, MotherFlocker, and [​IMG]! Great to have you with us and that BYC was helpful in your research! To insulate or not is a hot (pardon the pun) topic on BYC. More important than insulation is a well constructed and draft free coop. Chickens generate a lot of heat and with the 9 you will have in the coop, it will be warm enough without insulation. Below is an exhaustive thread on the subject - lots of reading! Good luck to you!

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/421122/think-its-too-cold-for-your-chickens-think-again
     
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  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Great resources and advice from redsoxs. Welcome to BYC.
     
  4. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad to have you aboard. :thumbsup
     
  5. S&N Livestock

    S&N Livestock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] from Ohio
     
  6. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  8. DDNONIN2016

    DDNONIN2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello and welcome from Ohio...so glad you joined BYC
     
  9. Mammahen71

    Mammahen71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, redsoxs! That was very helpful. And thanks, everyone, for the "warm" welcome. (All puns intended.) :p

    My husband is a contractor, so I am trying to convince him that this is a CHICKEN COOP, not a "people coop," so he doesn't have to follow all the human building requirements as far as insulation and being "air tight." Convincing him about the ventilation needs of a chicken coop has him looking at me funny. I might have to grab the hammer and thunk him on the head a little.
     
  10. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    You are welcome. With regards to the coop being "airtight" be careful! Chicken poop is high in methane and while you don't want a draft, ventilation is necessary - even in winter. Usually the tiniest cracks or holes from the (often recycled) materials used to construct the coop serve the purpose of giving the coop adequate ventilation and a means for the foul (or is that fowl [​IMG]) air to escape!
     

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