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do you add coop insulation for winter?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by loverOFchickens, Nov 1, 2009.

  1. loverOFchickens

    loverOFchickens Songster

    Mar 30, 2009
    Do you?

    We added styrofoam egg cartons to the metal roofing. We also plan to put clear plastic sheets over screen windows.

    Share your ideas!

  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Well...my coop is insulated, but I did buy some fairly heavy clear vinyl material that I'm going to use to make a "doggie" door to keep out the worst of the cold when the pop door is open.
  3. KMHunter

    KMHunter [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Cr

    Jun 12, 2009
    My Coop
    It doesn't get really cold here in western Wa, so I didn't insulate my coop. But it can get below freezing once in awhile for a couple of days at a time. So I am putting cardboard up on the side and ends, where they roost, and the ceiling. It should help a little during those cold snaps, and I can pull it down in spring.
  4. CityChook

    CityChook Songster

    Apr 9, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Coop
    I did, but I live in MN where it's very very cold for like 5 months out of the year.
  5. Rennie

    Rennie Songster

    Oct 28, 2009
    Derbyshire, England
    Quote:Thats not a bad idea .. I just think my birds wouldn't dare go through if something is covering it ... chickens [​IMG]
  6. gabby3535

    gabby3535 Songster

    Thats not a bad idea .. I just think my birds wouldn't dare go through if something is covering it ... chickens smile

    My pop-door is actually a modified 'large dog' doggie door........and it came with the heavy vinyl flap already attached.
    I almost removed this solid flap, thinking 'my' chickens would never actually go thru it either!

    But I thought it would be a good fly deterrent, and also a good windbreak (vs a wide open pop-door.)
    Sooooooooo, I made 4 vertical slits in the vinyl, making 5 vertical blind-type pieces out of the formally solid flap.
    Then I used heavy rubber bands and bunched 3 of the smaller flaps together pulled to one side, and 2 on the other......
    making an opening for them to pass thru, with the temporarily tied-back pieces, 'without' them having to push past anything.

    Then each week I made it a little more difficult for them by undoing one of the 5 pieces........and before they knew it, they were passing thru the slit vinyl flaps, which were now all hanging down vertically!

    Worked like a charm, and they have no problem passing in or out thru the curtain of vinyl.
    Good chickens!!![​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2009
  7. Rennie

    Rennie Songster

    Oct 28, 2009
    Derbyshire, England
    Ill give that a try.. Its a great idea, I dont close the door to the run on mine unless its really necessary so this will help loads..

  8. hildymarie

    hildymarie In the Brooder

    May 13, 2009
    da UP of Michigan
    Speaking of insulation; we have a shed with a cement floor which we are going to use partly for a chicken coop.
    The roof is slanted and there is vents for the ceiling sections but none for the walls. We insulated the ceiling a couple of years ago but never sealed it. We are sectioning off a portion of the building to make a coop. We insulated the walls and just put plastic over it until we can put something else on it. We figured with chickens, it will have a lot more moisture and dont want it getting into the walls. We have no chickens in it yet, we dont even have the door on it. We went in there tonite and there is condensation inside under the plastic, it's making the paper on the insulation wet. It's not coming from the inside.How are we going to insulate this shed? It gets pretty cold up here and we want to keep the girls warm when we get them.

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