Hi, I am getting my coop up in the next two weeks. All that is left is the sides and the doors and windows, the daughters boyfriend who is doing it said 2 days at the most. Right now my flocks are in large dog type houses that the lids lift on, very warm and handy. They do have roosts in them. My coop is 16 x 7 feet and that will be turned into 2 pens. One will hold my buff and black orps which is 1 roo and 8 hens (one hen is a blue cochin) and one will hold my dorkings which is 1 roo and 6 hens (one hen is a BR). My pens will be attached to this chicken coop. My ? is for the siding I planned on using the outside paneling which I can get for $9 a 4 x 8 sheet. It is about 1/2 inch thick. Then I get the black roofing stuff that dries like rubber (It is 1 $ a gallon at our $ store). I would paint the inside walls with this after I liquad nailed the seams. It would have a dirt floor that is already packed down and I will be using wood chips on the floor. I am new to chickens so I am not sure about insulation. I thought yes but everyone up here who has chickens says no. I can run a electric line to the coop for heat lamps on the worst weather days. I already plan on running a light to it this way. Right now I have that lean too (with a solid roof) with tarps all around it used for storage and it is not cold in there in winter with the tarps. It is protected from winds with my trailer and the woods that is around it so I am thinking the old timers up here might be right about not needing insulation. If I am wrong I can always insultate next summer I guess. But I don't want to be wrong at the expense of my chickens. My origanal plan was using the out side paneling and running liquid nails down the seems and then painting the roof rubber on the inside then using those sheets of insulation on the outside and next year cover the insulation with more of the outside paneling. I don't want the insulation on the inside as I fear they would peck it and die or get sick. But if I could wait on the insulation then that would help alot with the finances, but I don't want to wait and have my chickens die from cold. I know a lady up here who uses a hoop house made out of PVC pipe and thick plastic and she don't lose chickens and she puts them in her farm fields with straw down on the floor. And a electric net that is run on a solar charger surrounds it. She doesn't turn the charger on any more (at least that is what she said) Thanks for any and all help on this. I will also be hatching this fall and winter and have a small shed for those chicks. I use the large rubber tubs from Walmart for all my chick brooders till they reach a certain stage I use a hardware (the better wire) cover that fits over these tubs and have the heat light on one side of the tub. Once they get bigger then they would have this 8 x 8 foot shed to grow in. I plan on insulation for that as a draft would kill those babies. My ? is what else would I need to do for that shed to make it a good large brooder for when my babies out grow the tubs. Thanks again, I do have ideas I just want to get more experianced opinions as my ideas are not always the best, but I can live with that as long as I am willing to learn from others LOL.