1. Chickenfiend

    Chickenfiend Out Of The Brooder

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    I was wondering what kind of insulation i should use or maybe some sort of make shift insulation such as styrofoam or maybe packing peanuts lol... what are your ideas.

    Thanks,
    Sean
     
  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
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    Any type of insulation will work. I used styrofoam. I've read that people use thick corrugated cardboard.
     
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I agree with ChickenToes. I used styrofoam too. I used the panels (2 in thick) which I cut for perfect fit.
     
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    But remember to cover it with plywood or anything else unpeckable, or the chickens will eat it and get sick. (Yes, they will peck apart styrofoam, or foamboard, or whatever).

    Good luck and have fun,

    Pat
     
  5. jmc

    jmc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    Welcome to BYC!!!

    I wish I could find the post.......

    Insulation seems to be a plus, but is not strictly necessary. One BYC contributor (whose posts I can't find:() mentions that most coops seen by this person in ALASKA do NOT use insulation. But you must have good cross ventilation at all times, to draw out the moist cold air due to 'life' in the coop!

    So true, it's a plus to have in., but it's not really a 'minus' if you don't.
     
  6. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used sythetic carpet pad from my living room remodel. I've seen some old houses with newspaper shoved in the walls.
     
  7. Hangin Wit My Peeps

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    Did you see the new houses not made with straw bails?! It's pretty cool...great insulation too. They pile up straw bails and cover it in some kind of cement...that's it. We used both reg insulation and the pink Styrofoam. Whatever we had left from the houses. We also did the ceiling and added a plywood ceiling (all the electrical runs up there) then we painted everything in high gloss exterior paint...floors too. VERY easy to clean high gloss! Wipes right off [​IMG]
     
  8. cmom

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    Quote:Quote:Quote:I agree. I covered it with plywood in areas they can reach. I put just styrofoam around the top and ceiling. It's well vented. [​IMG]
     
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