Garage coop and winterization

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by cjmarynik, Apr 16, 2016.

  1. cjmarynik

    cjmarynik New Egg

    Jan 9, 2015
    Hello all,

    I am designing a coop that will be located inside an unheated garage (so, a structure inside a structure). It will have a large outdoor run to go with it. The coop will be roughly 8ft by 5ft by 4ft tall (for 6-7 cold hardy chickens). It will be off the ground. I am having trouble deciding on insulating it or not. I understand the importance of ventilation and since the garage won't have a draft, I'm tempted to skip it. I live in northwestern Wisconsin and we do get below zero weather with a few severe days of -30 or so. Thoughts? Suggestions?

    Thank you!!
  2. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2013
    Northern Wisconsin
    No insulation I'm in northern Wisconsin too and didn't insulate my coop, it's a regular walk-in shed 12x12 with open eaves and it could still use more ventilation.
    Being that you are in a garage you will not have draft, I would make it VERY open, tons of ventilation because that's a fairly small coop and unless you have a covered run or shovel the snow out they won't likely go out during winter.

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