A super quick question... which is better....................

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Guitartists, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

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    Which is better for winters in Michigan (Southern MI..... almost Indiana! [​IMG] )...... dirt or wooden floors??? Should I build my banty coop into the ground? Or raise it up off the ground and add a floor?
     
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  2. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    We have concrete floor topped by planks and then pine bedding. The walls are insulated with fibreglass, which is covered so keep the hens away from it. We have hay bales overhead in the loft which as a plywood floor. Do you intend to let the hens wander under the shed?

    Either way I think predator barriers are the key. We have winters like yours, we built the coop into the barn beginning in February. Oh My...Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
     
  3. Chick_a_dee

    Chick_a_dee Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Peterborough, ON
    I'd say raise it, and insulate the hell out of it... our coop is the old one that was left on the property, it's attached to the barn, but on the outside and when I get my hands on it!... it's getting some SOOOPPPPERR DOOPER insulation, because this winter was insanely cold, and lasted insanely long. I'm putting in not only GOOD insulation (it's in my garage LOL, and seriously...before we put it in it was below 0 all the time, and now it's like 10 degrees in there during the winter) which is fire rated, in the ceiling, doors, and floor... I think the floor is concrete, but we'll be raising it to put insulation in, so it'll be a concrete floor, and then likely a wood raised part with some stickon tiles on it, for easy cleaning. Anyway, firerated insulation floors, walls, and ceiling. We have to do the firerated stuff, not only for our own comfort, but for our insurance cause we're more than 5km from the nearest firehall.
     

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