Insulating coop for winter

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Kmf, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. Kmf

    Kmf In the Brooder

    Jun 14, 2009
    Milford, MI
    I was just wondering how you or if you insulated your coops for winter? I live in Michigan where snow, ice and cold are a concern. I am just starting to design my coop for next spring and would like to have some input before I start building.
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    You certainly need to read this:

    They need protection from frostbite, but they do not necessarily need insulation.

    Do make your roosts at least as big as the wide side of a 2x4. They prefer to sit on their feet in the cold, and it protects toes from frostbite when they can.
    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 15, 2009
  3. eggsited chickens

    eggsited chickens Songster

    May 15, 2009
    SW Michigan
    We live in MI to and just had ours built this spring. Ours is insulated, stays warmer in there at night for the chicks right now. 15 degrees warmer. You definatly don't have to worry about the little things getting too cold.
  4. Kmf

    Kmf In the Brooder

    Jun 14, 2009
    Milford, MI
    What did you use to insulate your coop?
  5. CityChook

    CityChook Songster

    Apr 9, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Coop
    [​IMG] from snowy MN.

    Insulate your coop. Period. You live where it's cold, and cold for a long long time. Don't jack around with the health of your birds or your ability to sleep at night.

    If you have a large flock, then they are better able to use body heat to warm up their space. But if you have a smaller backyard flock, then insulation and heat will be your friends.

    I insulated with R-13 fiberglass insulation - got it at Home Depot. An interior wall will be necessary to cover the insulation as the chickens will try to eat it. They're ding dongs that way.

    Also consider how you will get electricity into your coop. You will need it for a heated water dish (keeps water fluid) and possibly a heat source.

    Feel free to check out my winter page or PM me if I can be of any help.
  6. BuckMann Farm

    BuckMann Farm In the Brooder

    Jun 12, 2009
    Forest Lake, MN
    I used 2" rigid foam insulation under the floor and on the roof. I used 1" rigid on all of the walls.
  7. Ken H

    Ken H Songster

    May 21, 2009
    I live in michigan too. Just completed my coop and yes I insulated it. The walls were constructed using 2"x2"s. All walls and roof have 1 1/2" styrofoam insulation in them and 1/4" plywood interior walls. I wired the coop for light and heat. The heat will consist of thermoststically controlled heat lamps(the deep red ones).
  8. Kmf

    Kmf In the Brooder

    Jun 14, 2009
    Milford, MI
    Thanks for your help! I will definitely insulate my coop for my feathered little friends that we will get next spring!

    CityChook, Thanks for the link to your blog! It was a lot of help! I can't wait to build my coop and start my small flock!
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2009
  9. SimplyForties

    SimplyForties Songster

    May 4, 2009
    Carroll County, Va
    Insulation helps with the heat in summer too!
  10. jujubean

    jujubean Hatching

    Jun 15, 2009
    We are building the run part of the coop with the wire on the inside of the frame. In the winter we will set plexi glass into the frame and latch it flush to outside of the frame. This is suppose to allow sunlight into the coop and keep the heat from the sun in. We will also use a heat lamp. I hope this works.

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