Grain Bin Coop

Yeldarb

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Has anyone used a converted grain bin for chickens in colder climates? We have converted an 18' diameter bin into a coop, but I am not sure how it will hold heat during cold Midwest winters.
 

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oldhenlikesdogs

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You don't want your coop to hold heat. It needs good ventilation as you don't want moisture building up. Chickens put out a lot of moisture. You chickens will keep themselves warm.

Plenty of people keep chickens in tin sheds, my shed used to be tin. Your chickens will be fine as long as there's no drafts but it's ventilated.
 

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Has anyone used a converted grain bin for chickens in colder climates?
That looks pretty cool!
How did you install door and window to shed water at top??

Is that a vent at top?
Is it vented around bottom edge of roof?
Height might help moist ammonia laden air rise up above birds,
but metal might create condensate on inner surfaces.

You don't want your coop to hold heat. It needs good ventilation as you don't want moisture building up. Chickens put out a lot of moisture. You chickens will keep themselves warm.
Ditto Dat!!!^^^
 

oldhenlikesdogs

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That looks pretty cool!
How did you install door and window to shed water at top??

Is that a vent at top?
Is it vented around bottom edge of roof?
Height might help moist ammonia laden air rise up above birds,
but metal might create condensate on inner surfaces.


Ditto Dat!!!^^^
We converted my tin shed over to wood siding. It would condensate sometimes, but not as much as my turkey shed that has a lower roof. That is definitely worse on winter days when it's really cold at night, than the sun comes out. Than it can drip a bit.

My shed also got really hot in summer as tin can heat up like an oven. I would expect more problems in the warmer weather because of that.
 

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