How well does tarp insulate a small coop?

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

  1. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    When people talk insulation, they are often thinking warm, keeping birds warm. It is a non issue, birds in a healthy state, on adequate food, can keep themselves warm in pretty cold weather.

    What is important is protections from the wind. Think on your own experience, if you have ever been outside, but stepped into a wind shelter, immediately much warmer. That is what you want, wind protection. However, you do not want air tight, as that causes moisture build up. I frankly think that using a tarp, it would be nearly impossible to get it air tight.

    Mrs K
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  2. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Crowing

    Sep 25, 2015
    I live in Missouri.
    Here is the coop
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  3. katieuppi

    katieuppi Songster

    Feb 10, 2017
    Pacific Northwest
    We cover one side of our enclosed run with a tarp during the winter as a windbreak. In the summer we hang a share on one side of the run to provide additional shade. A tarp won't insulate against cold.
  4. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

    Jul 3, 2016
    Pac NW
    My Coop
    I don't think that tarp will do much to hold in heat, it'll just hold in moisture, which is something you want to avoid. Maybe plywood cut to fit would be a better option?

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