metal shed with plywood interior?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by fzouk, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. fzouk

    fzouk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,

    Through a fiasco at Home Depot where they sold me a wooden shed that they no longer carry I am forced to consider other options. They have a metal shed but I know metal would be way too hot for the chickens in the Tennessee summer. My question is whether or not putting up plywood in the interior would regulate the temperature enough to make it tolerable for them. Of course I'd cut plenty of ventilation holes in as well as a chicken door. For the most part they will be free-range during the day and put up at night.

    Would this be OK or should I keep looking for a totally wooden building? They have a bigger sized wood shed that costs more- I'd love to avoid spending the money if possible though.

    Thank you all for your opinions!
    Frances
     
  2. rufus

    rufus Overrun With Chickens

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    I know in my part of the country, that shed would be an oven. If you are stuck with it, put about two inches of styrofoam insulation between the shed walls and the plywood. Make sure there is lots of ventilation.

    Good Luck,

    Rufus
     
  3. Jolly Acres

    Jolly Acres Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I'd go with styrofoam insulation also.
     
  4. Brad7558

    Brad7558 Out Of The Brooder

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    Your probably better off looking for a different building. Materials and work you'll have to put into it would likely make it easier to buy a different one, and more cost effective.
     
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  5. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would insulate as well and if possible a window fan blowing out in the summer. Therefore, you will have to figure out how to cut two holes for windows and attached the windows.
     
  6. fzouk

    fzouk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you all very much for your quick replies! Wow! I'm impressed! [​IMG] I am starting to think I'll just pay a little more and get the wooden shed that I can just cut holes into and not have to worry so much about baking my little chickens.

    Thank you all!
    Frances
     
  7. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You'll be happier in the long run with the wooden shed not to mention the chicken's happiness.
     
  8. flopshot

    flopshot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it's not so much the material as the color. painted a light tone and ventilated i think it would be fine. add a window or two with mid day sun cover. keep in mind there are many builders and "carpenters helpers" looking for something to do. by this time there should be some students in the trades classes that could also handle the job, perhaps as an extra credit project.
     
  9. fzouk

    fzouk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks again for the responses! I'm going to get the "Princeton" shed if anyone knows their Home Depot storage sheds. It's all wood and 10x10, so that just means that now I have room for more chickens! And because of the mistake that the kid made in selling me a discontinued shed they're giving me $100 off this bigger one which is nice. I'm going to cut air holes and a chicken door, etc. I live in the forest and my house gets almost no direct sunlight so with all the holes and full shade it shouldn't get too hot, hopefully.

    I can't wait! My chicks should be arriving on or around March 23rd and I'm nervous but excited! Silver Spangled Hamburgs are what I'm getting. You all are so helpful and I appreciate it!

    Frances
     
  10. TexasVet

    TexasVet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't do the metal shed. I have one here in Texas and it's an oven in the summer, even with vents cut all around the eaves and the double doors wide open. I even tried gluing insulation to the roof on the inside, which is where most of the heat comes from, and it didn't do much good.

    Luckily, I found a 10x10 wood shed for $250 on Craigslist. It's supposed to be delivered on Thursday, and wouldn't you know it... an 80% chance of rain after months of drought. Just my luck!

    I think I'll end up tearing down the metal building and using the panels to make roofs for smaller breeding coops (under some trees, of course!).

    Kathy in Texas
     

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