Building a new coop....insulation??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kttodd, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. kttodd

    kttodd Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 5, 2012
    Lorain County, Ohio
    Hi all, we are going to build a bigger coop and I don't think we need to insulate it. We insulated our first one, but I don't really think it was needed. I was wondering if it was? We live in Ohio and have cold winters. We would make sure it was draft free though. Anyone have any opinions? Thanks!
  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    Nope, you don't need insulation - just make sure it is well ventilated and draft free.
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2012
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    We live much, much farther north and have much, much colder weather we also do not insulate. Of course, you may do so. But once you provide the ventilation that is needed, you'd be venting out all the "heat" anyhow. The really important thing is to choose the breeds appropriate to one's climate.
  4. Lower Michigan

    Lower Michigan New Egg

    Feb 28, 2012
    You have to be kidding. You live in lower Michigan, and not the Arctic. Why do you dramatize how cold it is where you live?
  5. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    Fred doesnt have to "dramatize" how cold it gets in Michigan, and he didnt. He just stated how it is. Seems the drama came from you.
  6. wvtim

    wvtim Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 12, 2012
    If you close everything up and insulate, you are going to have a hot stinky chicken coop come June. Chickens can tolerate pretty cold temps.
  7. JackE

    JackE Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 26, 2010
    North Eastern Md.
    You don't "Need" insulation. The birds have their OWN insulation, their feathers. To me it's just an unnecessary expense in a chicken coop. If you do insulate, you will more than likely have to install interior walls, otherwise the birds WILL pick at the insulation. By installing interior walls in a coop, you give mice and all kinds of other pests a nice hidden place to set up house and cause problems. My coop is not insulated and the front is wide open year round and the birds are in perfect health.
  8. kttodd

    kttodd Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 5, 2012
    Lorain County, Ohio
    Thanks everyone! That's what I though. I will make sure it's draft free and well ventilated! I appreciate the feedback!
  9. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    No drama intended, with apologies. That said, the reality is that northern MI is indeed, much colder than Lorain, OH in the winter. From the national weather service stats.

    Ann Arbor, Mi average February low 19F
    Lorain, OH average February low 19F
    Grayling, MI average February low 4F
    It just is what it is. 15 degrees average colder night time lows. [​IMG]
  10. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    This is in Northern Michigan.


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