Trying to keep the coop warm.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Cassey, Dec 10, 2016.

  1. Cassey

    Cassey Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi! I'm a first time chicken owner and this will be my first winter with chickens.

    I've been trying to keep the coop a warmer place, then outside, so the chickens can have a place to stay warm.

    I have a thermometer inside the coop. Right now it reads 24 degrees fahrenheit, which is the same temperature outside.

    Any ideas on how to keep the coop warm?

    Thanks, Cassey.
     
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2016
  2. RPClark

    RPClark Out Of The Brooder

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    As long as the birds are out of the wind and dry, I think you're good to go. It's 23 outside here now, and close to same inside the coop. But the birds are fine.

    You'll need to make sure they have a non-frozen water supply. I have a heated base for the waterer.
     
  3. Cassey

    Cassey Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, RPClark! We don't have a heated base, but we bring the water into our house and bring it out in the morning.
     
  4. thomasboyle

    thomasboyle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Insulation can help keep the coop warmer. It is 16 degrees out this morning, and my insulated coop is 29 degrees. No heat source except 13 chickens and 18 ducks. Coop is a 12x16 shed with 2x4 walls and 2x6 roof rafters with standard pink fiberglass insulation. I have windows in the main doors which face south to capture solar heat during the day. I also keep 2 windows open about 4" each on the east and west sides to ventilate the coop and control the humidity.

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  5. thomasboyle

    thomasboyle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also wrap the pen in winter with 4 gauge clear vinyl, and this eliminates all wind and creates a greenhouse effect on cold sunny days. Water does not freeze in the pen once the vinyl goes up.

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