Strawbale Chicken House

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by strawberryjelly, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. strawberryjelly

    strawberryjelly New Egg

    Sep 8, 2010
    We currently have a metal barn that gets a lot of air for our goats, pot bellied pigs and rabbits. The temperature does drop in to the low teens here in the winter but it doesn't last for months and months. We generally have low humidity. We were thinking we would build a smallish strawbale chicken house inside the barn for our 8 buff orpingtons. The chicken door at the bottom and a removable roof would provide ventalation. Can I get some input from you more experienced chicken folk as to whether this is a good plan or not? The chickens would be free to roam to barnyard at will. Are they smart enough to go in and get warm if it is too cold outside for them?

    Strawberry Jelly
  2. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    If you do a search on straw bale coops you will probably get some ideas. They may be a bit more involved than you will need to be since you do not have to worry about the bales getting wet. I would think that it would work out well since straw is a good insulator.
  3. ColoradoMike

    ColoradoMike Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 12, 2009
    Northern Colorado
    Good idea? yes, if well executed.

    Will chickens seek comfort in warmth? yes, in my experience.

    As already mentioned, there are several pretty good threads on strawbale coops. BYC Seach function can be found in blue bar up there ^^^

    Good luck!
  4. Schultz

    Schultz CluckN'Crow Farm

    Aug 5, 2008
    Sounds like it would work, yes. My only concern would be lice and mites might be a problem. Only going by what I've heard about hay and straw being a good breeding ground/hideout? Not sure. Just something to maybe think about.

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