Insulation in large coop?_ Illinois

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by The Bird House, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. The Bird House

    The Bird House Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hello,

    I'm building a larger coop 5.5' x 8' in northern Illinois and am wondering if I'll need to insulate it. I've looked through some of the larger coop photos on this site and it seems like many of them are. We are allowed 4 hens, which we'll get this spring.

    Thank you for your thoughts.

    Tom


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  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Insulation isn't really necessary, since it has to be well ventilated.
    Chickens can handle cold much better than people
     
  3. The Bird House

    The Bird House Chillin' With My Peeps

    Great - Thanks for the feedback! That's what I thought when started to build it (needing good ventilation), but then saw others with insulation.

    Tom
     
  4. canesisters

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    WOW, Tom your coop is what I has hoped mine would turn out to be!!!! Just beautiful!
    I'm all inspired to get back at it and finish it up now.
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  5. The Bird House

    The Bird House Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you Canessisters,

    I've gotten a bit further than the pictures below. The nesting box is mostly trimmed out now and then a few more trim pieces before I can side it. Looking forward to moving to the inside in a week or two.

    I went this rout since we live in the historic part of town and wanted the coop to look like it's been there for many years. I'm having a lot of fun with it and always look forward to the times I can spend working on it. Many of the elements art architectural pieces I've collected over the years - just waiting for a new "home".

    Good luck with your coop as well - it looks like it's coming along very well! I wish I had your space to work with ;)


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  6. The Lazy L

    The Lazy L Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very nice coop!

    This past week temperature at night has been in the single digits, teens to low 20s during the day. I have no coop insulation and no heat. Coop is draft free and I have left the windows open (tops are tilted in about 4").

    BOs are happy, eating, laying and no frostbite problems.

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  7. The Bird House

    The Bird House Chillin' With My Peeps

    Good to know! I've been a bit concerned about the cold temps here in IL during the winter months. I have a lot to learn yet. ;)

    Your coop looks great!!
     
  8. Hokum Coco

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    Canada no heat, no light no insulation, with poop board less than 3 inches from roost to catch eggs, feed laying pellet & extra corn, 6 adult Golden Comet Hens going on 4 years old, 3 eggs a day.The colder it gets the more they bunch together! It was -14 Celsius they were not all even on the same roost.

    No PROBLEMS


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  9. bunsbabies

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    Wow, it's beautiful! Love the detail and color! Great job, I'm sure you have some very happy chickens! ;)
     
  10. bunsbabies

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    They are all so nice. Still new on this site, haha! But loving it!
     
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