How well does tarp insulate a small coop?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by TheTwoRoos, Mar 17, 2018.

  1. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Crowing

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    How well does tarp hold against cold and hot weather?
     
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Crossing the Road

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    I think it would trap the heat in hot weather. Better to have good ventilation in both winter and lots of air flow in the summer.
     
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  3. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Crowing

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    It’s a fairly open cage with most being wire.Was gonna leave the front side open in the summer and rest closed up in winter escpecially the sides that are opened from the north because the north wind seems to blow more in the winter time.
     
  4. Lifewithchicks

    Lifewithchicks Chirping

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    We use a tarp during freezing temps and block off the north side with a board. When it gets warmer we take it off for good air flow.
     
  5. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Crowing

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    Thanks that is exactly what I was doing or going to do.What breeds do you have?
     
  6. Lifewithchicks

    Lifewithchicks Chirping

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    Buff orpingtons and Barred rocks. They are about to be 3 and this was our first consistently cold winter in our part of Texas since having them. We had several days in a row below freezing with lots of ice and they did just fine with the tarp and plywood blocking the wind.
     
  7. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Crowing

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    Mine are Cochin bantams a very won’t hardy breed.Think about leaving bottom of cage opened and just letting them get their ventilation from the bottom while the wire parts will be wooded or tarp
     
  8. keesmom

    keesmom Crowing

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    It would be better to have the ventilation above the birds, or leave one side open.
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Tarp could block wind in winter and create shade in summer depending on how it is installed.

    Seeing your coop/run setup (pics)
    and knowing your location would help immensely.
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  10. Clemmy

    Clemmy Chirping

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    good ventalation in the winter is key for not harboring new desease. if you have some ventalation, keep it open while the tarp is over it, so you if you add a tarp, it wouldnt over heat.
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