Ice house to coop help w/ideas

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by farmgirllvo, Nov 14, 2016.

  1. farmgirllvo

    farmgirllvo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just got an ice house that I am turning into a chicken coops, my old one we had just finished and than it burned to the ground. So I'll post pictures later and you all can use your creativity to help me come up with new ideas. I'll have about 25 chickens in there this winter.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Without seeing it, I assume an ice house would need some big windows cut into it for ventilation and light.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Can't wait to see it.......please provide dimensions of width, length, height.
     
  4. farmgirllvo

    farmgirllvo Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. farmgirllvo

    farmgirllvo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe the coop is 8 by 12
    We will insolate the coop in a week or so
    And add a small door at the back that will go out to a run
     
  6. farmgirllvo

    farmgirllvo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you see all three pictures?
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    What is your location/climate?......insulation may well not be needed.
    Ventilation is much more important....see article linked in my signature.
     
  8. farmgirllvo

    farmgirllvo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live in northern Minnesota, so I'm pretty sure I will need insulation. :)

    The three windows have screens on them so I might have them open slightly. I'll look at venting tomorrow
     
  9. ChickenCanoe

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    IMHO, no matter where one lives, windows need to be open more than slightly. Humidity and bad air are the root of most poultry health problems - especially through winter.

    A perusal of the emergencies/diseases forum posts from December through March are rife with respiratory illness questions. Those are often the people that don't have big enough openings.
     
  10. farmgirllvo

    farmgirllvo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thanks!!
    But won't the heat just go out the windows?
     

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