Insulating a very hot coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by erkadoo, Jul 16, 2018.

  1. erkadoo

    erkadoo Chirping

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    Hello everyone,
    I have some questions regarding insulating. I have a 10X12 metal shed that we converted into a coop. We cut a window and installed an air conditioner however it’s 104 degrees out and it doesn’t help at all. I was going to buy 0.75 inch insulating board the “styrofoam with reflective stuff” however I’m unsure if they will eat at it. I’m wondering if I just do the ceiling and all but 4’ from the floor if it Would be sufficient . Do you think it will still cool enough? Thank you for your time, also they have a very large shaded run so they are not baking
     
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  2. BirdGirl2004

    BirdGirl2004 Crowing

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    What i did when my I turned my shed into a coop, is leave about 2-3 inches open at the top edges of the coop. That way the air can blow in through the top, giving them the ventilation that they need. If you have a air conditioner in that small of a coop I'm wondering how it doesn't cool it down!! hmmmmm...

    Hope some of that helped!:thumbsup
     
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  3. BirdGirl2004

    BirdGirl2004 Crowing

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  4. Nksg75

    Nksg75 Songster

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    I pondered this same thing. I also have converted a metal shed into a coop. Here in Texas, it's pretty darn hot! I went back and forth on what to do without building a whole new coop. I ended up with 4 fans on 24/7 and removing the entire front of the shed.
    I swapped hardware cloth in place of a solid front.
    It still gets up to about 97 mid day, however it's not past that 100 mark anymore.
     
  5. erkadoo

    erkadoo Chirping

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    It is confusing to me as well, it does have vents between roof and walls were the metal is corrugated.And a turbine on the top. I think the sun just bakes the metal making it a oven.
     
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  6. snow5164

    snow5164 Crowing

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    Our coop a converted shed is insulated with foam sheets, dropped ceiling , walls and floors , it was 10 degrees cooler then the barn last week that only has insulated walls .... it really does help and they really will eat it... I’d do it all the way down then cover it with cheap paneling or particle board sheets..... good luck . We have no a/c or fans just cross breezes
     
  7. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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    I have not dealt with the heat, but can attest to the fact that chickens love to peck at and eat foam insulation.
     
  8. erkadoo

    erkadoo Chirping

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    That is a very nice coop birdgirl luckly it is wood and is better insulated than just metal. I will insulate it tomorrow and let y’all know how it works. I just hope they don’t think it tastes good
     
  9. erkadoo

    erkadoo Chirping

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    Yes I’m hoping 4’ from floor will be high enough then I may get some thin wood wall panels for the lower end
     
  10. snow5164

    snow5164 Crowing

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    Yes we covered a window with it and they ate it a lot !! No blue eggs though We covered it with vapour barrier plastic , it’s really thick and they couldn’t peck through it.... but they tried
     
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