Just how draft free does the coop need to be.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ms4runr, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. ms4runr

    ms4runr Out Of The Brooder

    We built a large coop out of old wood. Some boards are warped so there are definite 'holes' in the coop (not big enough for predators including snakes). We do get snow, but the temperatures go up and down every few days here in the mountains so if the temp. goes down to the teens it does not last. My question is should I seal the openings either with foam, or even wrap it for the winter?
  2. mickey328

    mickey328 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2012
    Northern Colorado
    The cold isn't the issue, so I wouldn't worry about that. I'd be leery of sealing it with foam; the chickens are likely to peck at and eat it if they can reach it. The main issue is just to keep wind from blowing directly on them when they're sleeping. If they roost and it blows above or below them; no problem. If, like half of ours, they sleep on the floor, then it needs to not be "windy" from the floor to about a foot above the roost. If the wind just sort of "seeps" in, it's not a big deal.

    Not exactly "precise" I know, but hope it helps :)


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