Insulating when building a coop.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MissAnnieFrannie, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. MissAnnieFrannie

    MissAnnieFrannie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2010
    East TN
    Hey all! Well, I am in the process of building and planning and planning and building. Just a quick question: I am using 4x4 pallets for framing. I planned on building a outer wall and inner wall, about 3-4 inch gap between the two walls. I was planning on insulating the coop by using insulation within the gaps of the walls, and the making sure that the actual boards of the walls are seal to prevent my little bird brains from trying to peck at the insulation. What type of insulation do all of my lovely friends out here in BC use? If it helps, am in TN. Winters are not always cold, but are unpredictable.

  2. wing it

    wing it Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2009
    long island
    I use fiberglass batts, works well, and won't brake the bank. Have also used rigid foam insulation type manly under the floors. It can stand up to the weather better but costs a bit more
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2010
  3. Montana-Hens

    Montana-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2008
    Buxton, Montana
    Always used rigid here.
  4. catdaddy66

    catdaddy66 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2009
    Lugoff, SC
    I have not used this but recently saw a video clip showing straw as insulation between 2 layers of chicken wire. I do know that moisture is the enemy of straw, so keep it dry and covered. That is great insulation and cheap as well.
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Huh, I thought I replied on this thread earlier but guess I must have closed the window instead of submitting [​IMG]

    Styrofoam board or rigid foamboard are IMO the best materials, in terms of resistance to mold and good R-value. You can often get styrofoam for free from stores that get it (in sheets or large chunks) as packing material for merchandise, just ask around.

    HOWEVER I'd be real cautious about insulating (with *any* kind of insulating material) a coop made from pallets. If your carpentry is not tight, mice (or worse) get into your walls and take up residence there, and not much you can do about it, and they can become a problem. It'd take a lot of extra lumber or plywood to make pallet coop walls 'mouse tight'. In your climate you do not need to insulate; it might be better to just eliminate air leaks and make the coop as chicken-friendly and well-winterized in OTHER respects as possible, and skip the insulation.

    Good luck, have fun,


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