Designs & ideas for small coops ideal for very cold winters

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by adrian, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. adrian

    adrian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,

    I am looking for designs, plans, or ideas for small coops (2-4 birds, perhaps?) that can withstand very low temperatures. Being in Canada, particularly Saskatchewan, our winters can be lower than -30F. We sometimes have -40 days, or lower. I know insulation is absolutely crucial, and perhaps even extra heating from a heat lamp, but I want to design the coop to be as warm as possible on its own. Of course our summers can be hot, too, in the 90s sometimes, so it is a very troubling thing. We experience both extremes. I saw this design, and was interested, but it seems quite small and not insulated:

    http://www.instructables.com/id/Backyard-Chicken-Coop/

    Does anyone have any plans for a coop that meets these specifications, or any ideas? The more the merrier, I'm an extreme novice as far as woodworking or anything of the like goes.

    Thanks. [​IMG]
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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  3. adrian

    adrian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you very much. Yes, I had heard about ventilation and its importance. Will do some further readings at the links you provided, thank you.
     

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