Anyone use the resin/plastic sheds?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MrsJWells, May 12, 2009.

  1. MrsJWells

    MrsJWells Out Of The Brooder

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  2. toletiquesbysam

    toletiquesbysam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2008
    Nebraska
  3. ging3rhoffman

    ging3rhoffman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    My sister had one of those for her chickens and they nearly died from heat stroke. The are a hot box, no insulation to protect against heat or cold.
     
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    That's exactly what I use. Same model everything. Insulation isn't an issue for me here in the Seattle area. And it's in shade. I like it. I put a second story inside. Easy to clean, Predator proof, and kinda matches my garden shed. I cut a pop door in the back and sandwiched a run between the two. Any specific questions?
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  5. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    We have one for storage. Here are our observations...

    Pros:
    great for storage, easy to setup, looks great without all the labor intensive stuff like painting, etc.

    Cons:
    HOT!!! We live in Southern California and the dry heat cracks the corners of the plastic, so we have had to reinforce all the corners and the roof peak with metal corner stripping and caulking to prevent leaks and access for critters. Oh and did I say HOT! [​IMG]

    I wouldn't use it for chickens if that was your plan. The hollow panels will not insulate well in the winter and the plastic is too hot for the summer. While we use that for storage, we have a wood-frame coop for the chicks. The wood does not conduct heat in the summer and insulates better in the winter.

    Just my opinion of course. [​IMG] Good luck!
     
  6. SunAngel

    SunAngel Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2008
    Chambersburg, Pa.
    I just put up an 8x6 SunTerrace one from Lowes for my bantams.

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    The only thing I am worried about now is the heat this summer. It doesn't have windows and gets steamy inside. We are going to build a screen door insert to put up during the hot days.

    It was easy to cut a pophole in and hubby just built a wooden popdoor and frame for the outside and screwed it to the building from the inside. We built wooden perches for inside and their nesting boxes just are stacked so they just sit on the floor. It has a skylight in the roof and stays light inside. So far its working out really well.

    In the winter I will probably stack straw bales on the side of the coop that the wind hits and then give them a heat lamp above their roosts/perches.
     
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