Insulation in WA state?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by rmonge00, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. rmonge00

    rmonge00 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi everyone,

    I just got finished builiding my coop and am now wondering whether I should insulate it or not.... I live in Western WA, which does not get too cold (20 F at an absolute minimum) - and I have a south facing window to let in the winter sun.... so..... do you think I need to install some sort of insulation or do you think they will be fine in the winter?


  2. chickened

    chickened Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 2, 2010
    western Oregon
    I live in western Oregon and you will be wasting your money. Make it wind proof and dry.
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Hi rm...

    I'm in the Seattle area, and it does occasionally get colder than 20, but not much. In 30+ years I've never seen it get below about 0*F. I use an uninsulated Rubbermaid storage shed for my coop, but do supplement heat to keep it just above freezing in the winter.
    Keep in mind that we can go from the 50s to 15 in a few hours if an Arctic blast blows in.
    I think you will be fine in the winter, just be prepared for the unusual situation.

  4. Sinfonian

    Sinfonian Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 24, 2011
    Seattle area
    Welcome from the Seattle area...

    My brother and I are building dueling coops next month and have the same concern. Our mild weather here rarely gets below 20 degrees and even that cold is rare (about a week a year). The same can be said of summer highs above 85 for about a week total a year.

    We have thought about layering ridged foam insulation between two pieces of OSB plywood, but it seems a bit silly to do so when we are cutting a 6 inch gap along all 6 feet of our coop for ventilation. In all, it seems a lot of work for our mild climate.

    Of course, if you intend on heating the coop above 50 degrees all winter (and lighting it) to get optimal egg production, then I would say go for it. We've wrestled with many of the issues you are, so you're in good company. Enjoy!
  5. catdaddy66

    catdaddy66 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2009
    Lugoff, SC
  6. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Unless you're on the east side of the Cascades like I am....I would concentrate on a covered run to keep them dry and make the coop itself wind & raccoon proof. [​IMG]
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Yeah, I'm generally a big fan of insulation even when it is not 'needed' as such... but even I would not likely bother insulating in your situation, unless I was just kind of bored [​IMG]

    Good luck, have fun,

  8. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2010
    I am not insulate the coop either. If you are concern the temperature get below 10deg, just get yourself a hang light with ceramic heat emitter bulb for emergency.
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2011
  9. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    It got below 0F where I am (by Puyallup, WA) for a few days a while back & I had to add a heat light to the coop and most of the birds slept inside but they all did just fine... it was mostly me just feeling bad for them, lol.
  10. Sinfonian

    Sinfonian Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 24, 2011
    Seattle area
    Quote:/cough REALLY? Maybe with wind chill, but the low I've seen at SeaTac, which is far closer to Puyallup than Mountlake Terrace, was 12, and that's such an aboration that it's not expected to be repeated. Either way, 12 is very cold.

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