Cardboard inside the coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Speed, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. Speed

    Speed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2011
    The Berwicks
    I'm planning to insulate my coop soon but don't have much cash to spend to do it. I have the insulation now I just need to put it in (it's rolls of R-13 fiberglass insulation). I was wondering if cardboard would be ok to use to sheath the walls instead of paneling or plywood. Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated.
  2. Bare bottom farm

    Bare bottom farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2009
    White Pine
    I use cardboard in coops.. I use this ever winter than tear it out in springs..for me it works great and I can rip it out in springs and get more air flow though the coop..
  3. Speed

    Speed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2011
    The Berwicks
    Yeah that's what I was thinking, tear it out when it gets too dirty or in the spring. I can get all the cardboard boxes (unfolded them and cut one seam and they are 13' 6" long X 4' 6" wide). It would also eliminate the poop getting on the bracing between the wall studs. Thanks, that helps knowing I wasn't alone on this idea.
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I have cardboard in my brooder coop. It works well.

  5. Time-Out

    Time-Out Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2011
    The Peak District, UK
    I once built a tiny coop out of cardboard boxes. I'd been given three hens, and had nowehere to put them, so threw it together. It looks like it got a bit damp inside, but otherwise held up great! I have to add, though, it was REALLY thick cardboard and a minimum of two layers of it.
  6. glucke

    glucke Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 14, 2011
    well, i used fiberglass and cardboard together this year. i only installed it like a month ago. the cardboard really didn´t last long and my girls already picked holes in it and i´m afraid they are eating fiberglass; at least tearing it appart. i can´t imagine that stuff to be healthy for their digestive system. next time i will only use cardboard which i can get for free at the feed store. i also heard that mite infestations are a problem in fiberglass insulations. hope that helps!
  7. maizy'smom

    maizy'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2011
    Philadelphia suburbs
    We used rigid foam insulation this year, but ran out of funds for lu-an (sp?), or paneling to sheath it with. So, we used heavy brown paper leaf bags, the kind the township requires for collecting leaves in the fall. Just opened up one seam and cut the bottom off. We, too, intend to remove it in the spring and resheathe it with the paneling for a perminant covering. So far the paper has been holding up pretty well.

    (Sorry for any lap top...can't find the spell-checker.)

  8. chicken delighted

    chicken delighted Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2011
    i have used cardboard in my coops also for extra insulation and yes they do sometimes pick at it but as chickens pick at every thing just get a flock block or make a sand box wth DE in it for for them to play in and they will hopefully leave the card board alone.
  9. geoff40

    geoff40 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2011
    Boonies, NH
    My sister once had a national champion dog she owned die with cardboard lodged in it's throat. Ever since then, I keep cardboard away from all my animals, including chickens. That I've seen one of my birds eating cardboard accidentally left in the run affirms the need to keep it away from them, at least in my mind.

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