Insulating for winter?

Gamble

Hatching
8 Years
Jun 28, 2011
9
0
7
I've heard its ok to let the hens just deal with the cold, (i'm in the hudson valley) but was wondering if any one here bothers insulating their coops? ...most don't seem to.
Thanks!
 

thechickenshepheard

In the Brooder
8 Years
Aug 16, 2011
15
0
22
Swansea SC
we have an open coop/run with no walls, only a roof over half, which is great for because of the humidity here in the summer. In the winter, we are making bales of pine straw and stacking them around the walls of the run, and we use the DLM in the fall till spring, which add a lil heat for the girls.
 

Hauntedyards

In the Brooder
8 Years
May 12, 2011
44
1
22
I've read alot of posts from people saying you don't need to insulate for various reasons but certainly it depends on where you live. We get -40s here some months so feathers or not I'd have chicken-cicles if I don't insulate. 4 bantams will not generate enough heat to survive.

I'm insulating my coop with rigid dow foam to R12 and venting in a few areas. I'll have some pics up by end of weekend.
 

maizy'smom

Songster
8 Years
May 15, 2011
400
10
136
Philadelphia suburbs
We are in south-eastern PA, and we just went to Home Depot on Labor Day and bought the insulation for our coop. We got semi-rigid pink foam and will cover it with panelling or masonite. Evidently, chickens don't care that styrofoam is not meant for consumption. We will be insulating the floor,(from below), the ceiling, and the walls of their quarters. Still pondering how to do the plexiglass windows...putting anything on the inside will be accessible to those "picky" girls. Maybe sandwiching bubble wrap between the window and another piece of plexi? Still thinking on that one.

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Cindy in PA

Crowing
11 Years
12 Years
Jul 8, 2008
2,624
877
321
Fleetwood, PA
I'm in SE PA & my chickens have been fine for 18 years without insulation. Coldest it ever was, was the first winter with a week of -22 at night. It is normally 0-32 at night, but we have horrendous wind in Breezy corner all winter. Have had many breeds of chickens over the years including bantams & have never had a problem. My coop is draft free. I do use a water warmer, but other than that they are on their own.
 

smokinjay

In the Brooder
8 Years
Aug 11, 2011
98
3
29
Quote:I going to steel this idea. Where you live should be a cake walk here! Thanks for the pic's!
 

geoff40

Chirping
8 Years
Aug 4, 2011
136
4
94
Boonies, NH
In the old days, here in New England, winters were colder than they are now. A century ago those who wanted to keep some birds through a winter simply used thick layers of hay in the henhouse to over winter their birds.
 

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