Any problems with blue insulation board???

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Maine Chicken, May 7, 2008.

  1. Maine Chicken

    Maine Chicken Hatching

    May 7, 2008
    Belfast, ME
    Hello all. I am new to raising chickens, but am the proud caretaker of 3 baby Rhode Island Red chicks. They are only a week old and still inside, but I have their coop nearly completed. I want to insulate the inside with the blue insulation board that is used in home construction. My reasons are two-fold. First, it does get quite cold here in Maine in the dead of winter. Second, I have quite a few nails poking into the coop from the cedar shingles that I nailed onto the outside of the coop. My goal was to not spend 1 single additional dollar on the coop. I had all of the wood and my buddy had some cedar shingles left over from his barn. If I do say so myself, it came out quite sweet!!! My question is this - Will the chickens pull apart the blue board and eat it?? I don't mind the pecking of the blueboard, but i dont want them to get sick from eating the pieces. Any experience with this? Thanks a bunch. I've gotten a lot of info already from you folks. Ill post pics of the coop when it is 100% done.
  2. Riparian

    Riparian Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    Ontario Canada
    I used some of that blue board to insulate some of my 2 week old chicks from drafts. they pecked at a small amount and ate it. Not sure how large birds would take to it.

    Perhaps covering it in plastic or thin plywood?
  3. xke4

    xke4 Songster

    Feb 3, 2007
    They will DEFINITELY eat the blue styrofoam board. I don't know what the attraction is but they are relentless in their pursuit of any exposed piece in the coop. I have never had one become ill from eating it, however. I suggest you cover it with plywood, thick plastic or feedbags. Carolyn
  4. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Songster

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    cheep prepasted wall paper will even do!
  5. Anny

    Anny Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    Some time you can find super cheap, odd and ends and miss cut thin ply wood at the hard wood store in a discount section, it's worth checking into.
  6. yellowdragon

    yellowdragon Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Springville, Indiana
    My moms first batch (in 1998) ate a couple sheets. It didn't kill any of them. But i would cover the foam
  7. SeaChick

    SeaChick Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    Southern Maine
    We covered ours with old pieces of cheap-o paneling that we scrounged on Portland's "big trash day" (when everyone puts all their big junk out for the town to collect. You know that faux-wood stuff that's really thin pressboard? We puzzle-pieced it together and had to buy a small piece of thin 1/4" Luan at the lumber store to complete. It was VERY cheap. Much cheaper than the isulation!! We then painted everything white. Very cozy and it looks great!

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