Winter Coop Advice (Insulation)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by SBmember, Dec 15, 2016.

  1. SBmember

    SBmember Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 11, 2016
    Some background: we have an 8x8x8 coop made of plywood and 2x4's. Deep litter method with shavings and a deep top layer of hay. Food and water inside the coop since our chickens refuse to leave it (!). 10 chickens and 2 ducks. We have ventilation at the top in a corner. No drafts. (The coop was pretty rushed) We have a new one we can put together as soon as it warms up.

    Saturday is supposed to get to a low of -25 so we put up foam board insulation inside on 3 walls, (not the wall with the door yet, we will tomorrow) 5 feet up and covered with empty feed bags.

    Questions: Should we buy more insulation? Do the whole coop? Plastic the outside? I want to keep them from suffering without a heat lamp, I do not want fire and electricity isn't really an option, any advice is greatly appreciated.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2016
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
  3. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under SBmember [​IMG] Welcome!

    CTKen has given you some good starting points. Like Ken, we do not participate in Winter either [​IMG]

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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to the Backyard chickens flock. Chickens tolerate cold much better than heat. There are various threads in re: winterizing a coop. You can put that in the search box and it should pop up. Also you need a draft free coop with sufficient ventilation. Sounds like yours could use more vents. You may also want to check out the Coops section.
  5. N F C

    N F C home again! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    You could check in with other members that live in your area, just do a search by your state (or country) name and you should be able to find them. We get pretty cold temps here in Wyoming and from what they tell me, they don't insulate here...just make the coop draft-free and well ventilated.
  6. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello there, and my warmest welcome to Backyard Chickens! I am so glad you decided to join the community and I do hope you will make yourself at home here! :frow

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