Do the coop walls need to be wood?

Peep Nerd

6 Years
Aug 21, 2013
I'm thinking about rebuilding my coop and wondering if I need to make all of the walls wood. Could I build almost a hoop house style and cover it with a tarp? I'm in Maryland so we do have cold winters but the cold doesn't seem to be a factor for the hens. My current coop is plywood but I'm wondering how much that really insulates it. I also usually put hay bales along the walls. That keeps it pretty warm. As long as it's dry and safe, do you think horse fencing and tarp is enough protection?

Percheron chick

6 Years
Apr 12, 2013
Boulder, Colorado
A dog and any night time predator could rip through a tarp. Is that a concern? I would always overbuild than underbuild. A well build coop is going to last for years while a hoop house might collapse with a good snow.
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