chickens are pecking/eating the insulation in the coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by gossamer, Dec 12, 2010.

  1. gossamer

    gossamer Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 14, 2010
    Hello. We live in Wisconsin and have foamboard insulation in our coop. Unfortunately I didn't know that chickens would eat the insulation if left uncovered. Any recommendations to cover it easiyl?. The coop is 3x4 and unfortunately if there isn't an easy way to cover it I feel we'll have to remove it. We are also in the middle of a blizzard here which adds to the fun! Please let me know if anyone has any easy helpful tips! It is a vented coop and I use a heat lamp and have a water heater in there as well right now. Thanks so much, J.Oliver
  2. nhnanna

    nhnanna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2008
    The chicken coop
    I was going to say cover it with luan (sp) or particle board until you said you were in the middle of a blizzard. Do you have cardboard boxes you could use for now to cover it? [​IMG]
  3. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    if you don't have any cardboard, what about using some old sheets or towels tacked in place to cover it until you can do something more permanent?
  4. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2008
    Portage County, Ohio
    Use whatever you have and staple it over the insulation for now.

    My thought is there needs to be a sticky or huge note in a building section about this because I know it's been talked about over and over, (not that you didn't read things gossamer, I'm sure you did) This is such a well known issue with chickens but new people seem to just get sideswiped with it over and over, but yeah, chickens seem to be fascinated with foam insulation!

    It's hard for us to gather all these warnings in one spot, but it's hard for new Peeps to research it all too. Sorry this happened gossamer, just get it covered with whatever you can. Understand though that your chickens don't really need heat, just no or very limited drafts, you could even take it out, and I've lived in cold places too, so have chickens. Research the info about chickens and cold and insulating coops. It's rarely if ever truly necessary and usually causes more trouble than it's worth.
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2010
  5. Elphaba2140

    Elphaba2140 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2010
    Northern Illinois
    I just went through this exact same thing! Every day or so for about 1 week (starting 2 weeks ago) I would find a new sheet on the floor of the coop. I kept bothering the husband to fix. Now with the approaching Blizzard it was really important. So yesterday he tacked it on top of the roof as he couldn't get inside due to the weather and then wrapped it in heavy black plastic sheeting. I also wrapped the North side of the house and the pen under it with a tarp. We shall see how it goes over the next few days.
    He plans to reinstall in Spring and also put a thin sheeting over it to protect from curious beaks!
  6. Vanessabuffsnsilkies

    Vanessabuffsnsilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2009
    NE Ohio
    I used old feed bags and the plastic the pine shavings come in to cover styrofoam insulation. Isn't the prettiest thing you've ever seen but it works. And I like the idea of recycling plastic bags.
  7. gossamer

    gossamer Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 14, 2010
    Thank you all so much for the replies. Very helpful .I'll get to it! Take care, Jessica
  8. bjash

    bjash Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2010
    Moline, MI
    I used the cheapest paneling I could find at the hardware store and screwed it in through the insulation into the OSB behind it. Works great!

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