Insulating a coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kmdsparrow, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. kmdsparrow

    kmdsparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know it's too hot to think of it ever being cold, but the day will come and I want to be prepared. Our coop has plywood walls and I want to put up shingles before we paint it. Should we put some kind of insulation on it first. I'm on Long Island. Our winters can vary. They can be relatively mild or quite cold. (0-20 degrees) Any advice would be appreciated.

    PS My chickens are Easter Eggers.
     
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2010
  2. chickendude

    chickendude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depends mostly on which breed of chicken you have. I live in Dutchess county NY and have RIR. They are a great cold hardy breed. I did not insulate or heat at all and they do just fine. The key is to have plenty of ventilation with out any drafts.
     
  3. lacasitarojafarm

    lacasitarojafarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am concerned about this too. I live in Skagit Valley Washington and our weather varies. I have a mixed-breed flock but I am mostly worried about the Turkens (naked neck) chickens and how tthey will withstand the cold. We have a coop made of wood from an old fence. My husband is thinking of putting hay bales on the walls and under it.
     

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