Do i need to insulate?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Uk_Stu, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. Uk_Stu

    Uk_Stu Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi There

    I am in the process of building a coop for a maximum of 4 warren hens for my back yard, initially i want to buy 2 warrens then if all works out will get another couple..

    My question is..

    Will i need to insulate my coop? I live in Barnsley UK, in winter the temp rarely drops below -4C, the coop i am building will be draught free with venting in the roof.
    side panels comprise of ½" Bonded Plywood.

    any help would be great at the moment before i go any further with the project..

    p.s. I will post some pictures of my build so far soon..

    many thanks for any advice..

    Stu
     
  2. ZombieChickens

    ZombieChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    If you haven't already started building, my best advice is to check Craigslist. We got an insulated dog house for free. No building + free chicken coop = happy girl!
     
  3. ZombieChickens

    ZombieChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. Uk_Stu

    Uk_Stu Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there,

    Thanks for the response, i have started to build the coop and just need to know if the hens would be ok with no insulation...

    Cheers

    Stu
     
  5. True Grit

    True Grit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Minus 4 deg C is balmy compared with Minnesota where we can get minus 25 C for days at a time. I would think if your floor litter is nice and deep they should be fine. [​IMG]
     
  6. Uk_Stu

    Uk_Stu Out Of The Brooder

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    ouch, i cant think how that would be..

    thanks for the information..

    i will post pics as i progress...

    Stu
     
  7. lynxs1981

    lynxs1981 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You will be fine. Most chickens can survive below freezing, so you'll be ok without insulating.
     
  8. Uk_Stu

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    here are the first images

    The dimensions are as follows:

    Living Area (can be added to if i find not big enough)

    Length = 34"
    Width = 26"
    Height high = 40"
    Height low = 32"

    Nest Box

    Width = 29"
    Depth = 17"
    Height high = 20"
    Height Low = 15.5"

    Under Coop which will be part of the run when complete

    Height 30"

    Height to point on roof = 74"

    The run will be same height with a slope down and be double the length of the coop itself.

    Do you think thats ok for 4 hens?


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  9. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would think you 4 chickens would be nice and cozy to -2 F without insulation.
     
  10. Uk_Stu

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    excellent news.... many thanks for your reply [​IMG]
     

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