preparing for winter

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Noodlynoo, Aug 12, 2014.

  1. Noodlynoo

    Noodlynoo Out Of The Brooder

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    I am thinking ahead for the winter and wondering if what I have is going to be ok during the colder months.

    My 4 girls (Wyndottes) have quite an open run with a roof on one half and boarded up at one end. They also have access to a small building for night perching and egg laying, but not a lot of space for 'hanging around' in.

    Will my open run be too cold for them during the winter or do I need to close it in a bit more? I am in the UK so dont get the harsh winters that many others have, but it can get down to -10 some years, though that is exceptional.

    It worries me though that if I box it in more, it will then be too hot come the summer again!!
     
  2. kittydoc

    kittydoc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If the small building is enclosed, but also well ventilated, I think you will be fine. Is the one boarded side facing the windiest side in winter? Also, you can add heavy but clear plastic sheeting in a pinch. We add it every winter to the bottom meter of the coop as a wind and snow block. Hope this helps!
     
  3. Noodlynoo

    Noodlynoo Out Of The Brooder

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    The small building is enclosed and cosy, but ventilated. The side that gets the worst of the winter weather is indeed the one boarded. I guess its a matter of "suck it and see" experiment for my first year!!!
     
  4. vehve

    vehve The Token Finn

    I'm a bit north from you, facing a similar problem soon. I'm going to buy something resembling plexiglass and put that up around the run to keep snow out, and sort of make the run into a uninsulated coop for the winter.

    @kittydoc This sounds horribly condescending towards Yanks, but props for your choice of units in your answer when replying to a person living in a metric world.
     

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