I'm in the Barrie-ish area and I don't insulate or heat. I may block off a bit of my coop this year due to some predation loss brutally bringing flock numbers down, but in my many years of chicken keeping, I've never insulated and only have used a heater for the silly broody hatching in January. The ladies are shockingly warm little things, so unless you've got some rare breeds, I personally wouldn't suggest it. I'd be too worried about moisture buildup in an insulated coop. As long as you've got a draft free, dry spot for them, they can be quite snug. With plenty of ventilation, I don't see even frostbite on the largest of combs most years.In Niagara region with 12 lovely chickens. Am wondering who has insulated their coops and if they recommend doing so for our Canadian winters?
The -30 days usually are pretty okay too, I do line my run walls with vinyl table cloth protectors and plexiglass to keep the bitter wind out, and everyone's happy!
My girls adore fresh snow! The ones experiencing first winters are usually a bit timid, but a bit of straw tossed onto of the snow (or a path dug in those pesky super deep days) and everyone's happy again!My daughter and I have ducks, peacocks, and chickens. Gets pretty cold here but none of the coops are insulated. All the groups are able to be out of drafts, but usually choose to be out in their runs if the sun is shining. I was amazed the first year by the peacocks and how well they did. They would wade through the fresh snow, then roost in the sunshine.