Saturday, January 19, 2013

Insulating the chicken coop

We insulated the Guinea coop last week....trust me, it's not for the reason you're thinking! We did it because of the moisture. When the cold air outside hits the roof, the warm air inside causes condensation. These condensation drops then drip off the ceiling onto the floor causing the floors to quickly become soaked. Sometimes it gets so bad, even the wooden beams are dripping! This of course causes the deep litter method to quit working because of too much moisture. Have you smelled deep litter when it gets soaked? YUCK!

insulating a chicken coop

So we put up some insulation. You can see we used the silver heat reflective roll type, but there are several different types available. We used a staple gun to fasten it to the wooden beams. It went up quickly and easily and has made a huge difference in the moisture situation in the coop! 

Insulating a chicken coop

The birds don't seem to mind it, and this particular choice reflects the light from the fixtures making it seem brighter. It cost us under $100 to insulate this particular coop, however as far as coops go it is pretty large. 10'X20'

I'm not sure what to expect as to the temperature in the coop. The pop door is open all day long, which helps to equalize the temperature. There is still some ventilation, but I'll be keeping an eye on it and will add some if it seems there isn't enough. I can't believe the difference it has made already....no more water drips on my head. Yeay! Plus, I haven't had to change the litter since.

If you are looking for a more temporary solution, check out our post on temporary coop insulation.

~L


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