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converting out building to coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by DeniseMace, Mar 3, 2015.

  1. DeniseMace

    DeniseMace Out Of The Brooder

    We've got our first five ladies brooding indoors, and we're planning on building/converting our coop this weekend. The building is a preexisting structure, concrete floor, wooden walls, shingled roof, several windows. The building is not insulated, however, and this winter has been brutal. My question is, do we need to insulate the building before next winter, since temperatures well below freezing are becoming more the norm here in south central PA, or will our ladies be ok with DLM and a water heater only? Anyone retro fit another building for a coop have an issue with cold?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Some insulate, some don't. If you do, the coop will most likely also need interior walls to revent their eating the insulation. Ventilation is much more significant to prevent frostbite. If you haven't already, please check out the article linked in my signature.

    Here is another article on cold weather coops, written by a Canadian:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/winter-coop-temperatures

    Good luck!
     

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