Insulation- bubble foil?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by CluckyInKY, Jun 21, 2016.

  1. CluckyInKY

    CluckyInKY Out Of The Brooder

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    We are installing the roof to the coop this weekend. It will be our last step of construction and then I'll get to start making it pretty with paint, inside layout & decor!
    We were given bubble wrap insulation for our roof and it looks like will will have quite a bit leftover. Can I use this on the walls as well? I was thinking I could cover the insulation on the bottom 2 ft with FRP (the stuff used on walls in commercial kitchens) to keep it from getting soiled. Would that be high enough for both cleanliness and safety of my girls? I know chickens will peck/eat other forms of insulation, but I'm unfamiliar with the bubble foil. It's a raised coop, so insulating the floor won't be a problem.
    It's a 4x8 lean-to with the front wall at 6' sloping to 5'. It's 2' off the ground and the walls are 1/2" OSB (floors are 3/4"). I plan on putting siding up in the fall before the first freeze. I also have five (2'x1') shutter-style windows, secure & vented with hardware cloth. We have temps that get above 100 in the summer with high humidity, and winter temps can stay below freezing for days/weeks at a time. It does snow here in western Kentucky quite a bit for being considered a southern state! With the floor and ceiling both insulated, would I even need wall insulation? Would it be overkill?

    Any suggestions are appreciated! I'm new to chickens and coop construction, and this has been a lot to figure out. I just want my girls to be happy & healthy!
     
  2. I Love Layers

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    What's your average temperature in the winter? I live in North Dakota where we commonly get down to -20F daily, not including wind chill, and my birds don't have insulation and they are totally fine.
    I have never lost a bird to the cold temperatures
     
  3. CluckyInKY

    CluckyInKY Out Of The Brooder

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    I would say the average would be around 20-25 during the coldest part of winter (jan-March). Sometimes it can be WAY colder, around 0 plus wind chill. Then, we also have a few random days where it's in the 50's and sunny. You never know what you're going to get around here! I feel like I have to be prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws my way.
    It's good to hear that they fair well in the cold!
     

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