Board insulation in coop...??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chicks4kids, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    Northern Indiana
    Does anyone use the board insulation in their coop?? What are the pros or cons? I'm concerned that they will peck it until there's none left...
  2. You'd have to sheathe it- chickens will destroy it and sometimes impact their crops and guts...
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    We put interior walls over the board insulation. Glad we installed it.
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    As long as you put thin plywood or panelling or something else peckproof over it, it's probably the best insulation material you can use, in terms of performance, performance when some dampness gets into the walls, and resistance (NOT immunity) to mice taking up residence.

    You do have to cover it with something peckproof tho.

  5. BluegrassSeramas

    BluegrassSeramas Serama Savvy

    Aug 25, 2008
    Central Kentucky
    Im glad you posted this. I need to insulate my new serama shack. I was thinking of putting leaves of straw inbetween the walls on top of the board insulation, since I have bales sitting around.....
  6. jwj

    jwj In the Brooder

    Sep 24, 2009
    North Texas
    I use styrene foam borad insulation my chickens eat so much of it when they layed eggs they were alread in styrene cartons [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2009
  7. Straw is a good insulator, the down side is that it is also great bedding for rodents and for ticks, mites, lice...foam or fibreglass is worth the investment and stays put, though no insulation is rodent-proof.
  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Quote:You would be far better off with a non-organic material. Straw stuffed in the walls will create mold, rot, and a mouse farm. Also it does not really have very good R value for just that thickness and settles pretty quickly creating uninsulated spots near the top.

    If you really, really wanted to use an organic material, wood shavings are far better than straw; if you stuff them into plastic bags you will not have problems with mold or with dampness decreasing the insulation value. Mice and settling are still a problem.

    It would really be a lot better to scrounge some real insulation though. Even just styrofoam sheets (ask around at a bunch of stores, eventually you will find one with styrofoam that merchandise came packed in that they don't want to pay to put in the dumpster). Works a lot better, less chance of damage to coop or chickens.

    The reason the leaves mentioned by the o.p. are not such a problem btw is that they would be in plastic bags and stacked around the outside of the coop -- that is different than putting htem inside walls.

    Good luck, have fun,


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