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Why not to use a metal shed in the north

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by matt44644, Dec 21, 2014.

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  1. matt44644

    matt44644 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It was not my first choice or executive decision to use a metal shed, this is one reason why.
     
  2. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    This is my metal shed (it was given to me after it blew away in a wind storm) I insulated it with 2 inch Styrofoam and covered it with the veneer off of old interior doors from Habitat for Humanity (hens eat Styrofoam the same as we eat pop corn). It is cool in the summer time when it counts. My coop is not fancy but it very functional, easy to clean, collect eggs, and practical. I love it.


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  3. matt44644

    matt44644 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    You could easy remedy your problem on the roof with a good bonding agent to stick your Styrofoam to the metal and then in turn stick something to protect the Styrofoam from the hens devouring it. I never bothered with a vapour barrier and it worked out OK for me. Caution some bonding agents will disintegrate Styrofoam.
     
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  5. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    How many birds and how many square feet of much ventilation do you have??
     
  6. matt44644

    matt44644 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    15 birds- 2 3x9 vents 4" dryer vent. And the side roof vents and a ridge vent.Another reason i don't recommend this,it is to hard to vent.Come spring i wont be using this anymore.
     
  7. matt44644

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  8. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Most will advocate around 1 square foot (144 square inches) of ventilation per average bird.

    Your humidity level is way too high, and could cause respiratory issues.
     
  9. Kikiriki

    Kikiriki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The styrofoam cooler I had was for some reason very attractive to my chickens...they wanted to eat it, peck it, tear it up, and it had to go. Spray foam forms a very hard shell, and sticks to every dang thing, so I would use that before using styrofoam. If the styrofoam is not fully bonded, it will still allow condensation to form between it and the wall, too.

    I think the shed is pretty good and would be awesome if you could add a window or two...way better than my set up! :rolleyes:
     
  10. matt44644

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    That is why i don't recommend these there is now way you can cut 15 feet of openings is the sides of these,without compromising the integrity of the strength of it.These don't have any internal bracing.The whole shed works together as a whole.
     

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