Coop insulation question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by bluetrain, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. bluetrain

    bluetrain In the Brooder

    Mar 23, 2009
    Western NC
    I live in western North Carolina...foothills the Hickory winters can be cool (we probably avg most of last weeks of Dec through Mid March with below 32 nights, but not all the time) and summers can be warm with highs in mid to upper 90's.....not all the time question is about how much (if any) insulation would be needed for a wooden coop, off the ground about a foot with one complete side open (covered in chicken wire with same type of door).....about an 8x8x8 size......I know there needs to be ventilation and can cover the open side in winter to cut down on wind.......just wondered what the group thought.....if I have left out info that would help, let me know.

  2. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Songster

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    Well, I live in SW Ontario, Canada, so my temps are in metric, but we get down to about -20C (0 C is 32 F). My coop is not insulated. I do, however, run a heat lamp when temps get below -10C. that info might help if you can do the conversions. [​IMG]
  3. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

    Feb 3, 2009
    Hope Mills, NC
    I would cover that side in cold weather and wind. Where I live in NC hurricanes keep me from open sided coops.
  4. pkeeler

    pkeeler Songster

    Jul 20, 2008
    I live in New Jersey and did not insulate my coop and the chickens were fine. However, I use the deep litter method, and it was usually much warmer in the coop than outside. I was pretty surprised at how much heat the composting litter gave off. I had half the south wall open all winter and vents open in the roof. I had 12-18 chickens in a 10x6 coop, so they also give off heat.

    I doubt you will need to even cover your openings in winter in NC.
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    You don't really need insulation. OTOH you wouldn't *regret* putting it in either, and it can simplify management. So, personal choice. You will probably want some way to close off that open side sometimes though.

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat, lived in Durham NC for a while
  6. flopshot

    flopshot Songster

    Feb 17, 2009
    i'm in NC. i had planned to insulate but after reading hundreds of posts on the subject i decided not to. i'm paying particular attention to draft and humidity control and will include a heat lamp for those few nights it gets into the teens. i may even include an exaust fan for the hot days.
  7. bluetrain

    bluetrain In the Brooder

    Mar 23, 2009
    Western NC
    Cool, thanks for all the replies and info.
  8. citygirl

    citygirl In the Brooder

    Oct 8, 2008
    Dayton, Ohio
    I live in Ohio and it gets very cold and also very hot. Our coop is insulated underneath and all four walls. We have an electronic exhaust fan that turns on when the temp in the coop goes above 80 degrees F. We don't run heat but do have a light we will turn on when it gets super cold. Our chickens laid well all winter.

    We're building a new coop right now and are insulating it the same way. We're not farmers and maybe since the chickens are not part of our livelihood, we tend to think of their comfort like pets. We've built the way we did because we live in the woods and even with dogs (who have a doggie door), we get racoons and other critters so we make sure they can't get our chickies. [​IMG]
  9. bantamfan

    bantamfan In the Brooder

    Nov 20, 2008
    Heck, just find some old hay for sale somewhere, farmers have old hay bales that are no longer fit for cow consumption, then stack them around three sides of your coop. Insulation plus, and inexpensive.

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