insulatated boxes, will this work?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SeattleChickenHead, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. SeattleChickenHead

    SeattleChickenHead In the Brooder

    Sep 26, 2010
    I cant seem to upload pics so here goes.... my coop is in a garden shed which is uninsulated but sturdy and good top ventilation vents, I have two nesting boxes mounted to the wall which are 5 gal. buckets on thier side, screwed to the wall, 2/3 of the lid cutt off and 1/3 attached to the lower portion of the bucket to hold in bedding (which is "rosebud" kiln dried shavings).....I saw this online somewhere and it looked easy to clean out and cheap and wont rot.

    My question is would it be worth it to wrap the buckets with denim insulation wrapped in something like plastic or an old blanket? Can chickens peck through a tarp? A strong plastic bag? A blanket? or should I bother? I thought they could climb in there if it gets to cold or to lay an egg?......

    Also I should mention they are 4mnth old barred rocks and I live in Seattle, Ive added a few hours of light in the morning and evening with a 14w twisty bulb on a timer, securly ziptied to the structure. Next year I plan on having more than 2 girls who will also be good winter layers and probably wont use supplemental lighting, Ive taken alot of pics but cant seem to get them online but will soon... thank you everyone!

    **lm also looking for breeder quality, and organic RIR, BOrp, Bl. Austr, GL wyandotte, BPRock**
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2010

  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Seattle does not even GET cold (by chicken standards), does it? What's your lowest low, like maybe teens or single digits F?

    No, there is zero point in insulating your nestboxes (even if you lived in a colder climate actually).

    If you are concerned that they have somewhere warm to snuggle if they feel cold (although, see first sentence [​IMG]), just make sure there is lots of fluffy bedding on the ground, also as much as you can put into the nestboxes while still leaving room for a chicken too <g> They will be FINE.

    Your real concern will not be overall chicken warmth, it will be the possibility of frostbit combs due to prolonged near-100% humidity combined with hovering-just-below-freezing temps. (Humid *weather* I mean, not poor-ventilation type humidity. There is a limit to how much you can override Mother Nature). Depending on your breeds, and your weather, it is not entirely out of the realm of possibility you might find yourself wanting to run a small lightbulb (not heatlamp, just a safely-rigged 60w or 100w bulb) in there for them to sit under in the aforementioned difficult weather.

    So, in summary: lotsa bedding; lightbulb if really necessary on occasion (although it probably won't be); and don't worry about insulating your nestboxes cuz it wouldn't do anything useful [​IMG]

    Good luck, have fun,

  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle


    Patand... is perfectly correct. I'm in Renton and we do not need to worry about the cold here, unless you get some breed that is totally not cold tolerant, and I've not heard of any that can't take temps down to the single digits. Just make sure that they are dry and draft free.

  4. cheryl98117

    cheryl98117 Songster

    May 13, 2009
    Indianola Washington
    Imp Is entirely correct in saying that dry and draft free are the key...

    I'm near Kingston, and tend to get a bit cooler than seattle, and we havn't had any issues. I did give them a heat lamp for the two weeks that we had 12 degree weather last winter. But they were just fine, no frost bite, no loss of birds... You'll do just fine so long as they stay dry.

  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 8 Years

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    My son has lived in Sammamish and now Redmond, and thinks he is freezing in 40-50 degree temps. I guess it's what you are acclimated to. He was born and spent all but the past 3 years in the Chicago area. You would think after that he would be immune to cold. I don't think Seattle has the dramatic HIGHS, and LOWS that the Midwest has, so I would think your chickens could handle the weather with just a well ventilated coop. If you put tarps or plastic etc. around the nest boxes they will probably eat it.
  6. SeattleChickenHead

    SeattleChickenHead In the Brooder

    Sep 26, 2010
    Hey thanks for chirpin in![​IMG]

    I was just trying to think of new ways to spoil them, but it seems theyre spoiled enough already! Im playing with taming them too, I can get them to perch on my arm and eat out of my hand already [​IMG] lol..... (I know Ill regret it when it comes time for you know what.)

    Thanks, Ill try to get pics up soon.

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