Help!!! I am Stressing out***UPDATE***PICS added

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Lostdog, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. Lostdog

    Lostdog In the Brooder

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    My DH & I have begun constructing our run & coop.I could not be more thrilled with the run.It is built with steel 9 foot panels that are bolted together to form an A-frame run that is 20'X10" and 8 feet tall.Its better than I ever expected.Built like fort Knox.May even keep the bears out.[​IMG]

    Now my stress is did I insulate enough??? I am in upstate NY.The coop consists of a sandwich of plywood;1/2" foam board and another layer of plywood then corrugated plastic roofing.I was only planning on using a bowl warmer in winter and a heat light on the coldest of days.

    Do I need to use more insulation?? My coop is well protected by fairly dense woods but still gets sun during hottest part of day (with a skylight in the roof).The woods protect on the north and east and protection from a fence to the south and our house on the west.

    I should add the coop will be 8'X7' and about 6' tall at center.I hope to have 5 full size & 10 bantam birds.All cold hardy only.

    I am afraid it may not be enough.Hoping it is because the coop is half built.[​IMG]
    Thanks,
    Christina

    Ok I decided to get a few quick pics just as a storm was moving in.


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    The portion where there is no wood is going to be a "skylight".The round window in the background will be installed also.

    Everything in the pics so far has been things my DH has floating around plus LOTS more. I just aquired the white corrugated roof panels form recycle which I had planned to buy.So it worked out great.
     
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  2. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    I live in Michigan and know what cold is. You have more that enough insulation. In my coop I've a thermostat that turns on and off at preset temperatures to control a heat emitter. I set mine for 36 / 40 and forget it. You will be surprised at how much heat your birds will generate. The most important things is to eliminate drafts.
     
  3. Sounds like a great coop! It might comfort you to install an outdoor-style thermometer in there to observe the patterns of heat and cold. We've done that and so far, we're thrilled with the progress.[​IMG]
     
  4. dixygirl

    dixygirl Songster

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    I am trying to picture all this. Sounds very nice. I do believe the layers of wood and 1/2 insulation should be more than enough for these creatures of nature.
    Please share pictures.
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  5. Lostdog

    Lostdog In the Brooder

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    Quote:I will post pics ASAP.
    The first day went better than expected but day 2 was slow.I thought of pics on day 2 cause day 1 was boring but pretty easy work but forgot because yesterday took a lot of brain power and a few gliches and changes in plans.

    Today is Home Depot visit for supplies.The first $$$ out of pocket we had to spend so far.
    My DH is a real pack rat & buys stuff "just because its a good price.Drives me nuts!!!-Now its paying off--LOL I am happy he has so much good junk.
     
  6. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    I'm with DH I built my 8x8 coop with salvaged materials and had minimal cost, then I blew it by buying an automatic door from Germany for $200. Good thing almost everything else was free. Looking forward to seeing pictures of your coop
     

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