Insulated Hen House for winter

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Re: Insulated Hen House for winter

Post: #283438 ina
Mon Dec 29, 2014 7:39 pm

greatgardener wrote:
-43 degrees last winter here... and my laying hens still alive...


And here absolutely everything breaks down when it gets to -5 or so! :mrgreen:

Like your hen house. And your hens must be a very hardy breed...
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Re: Insulated Hen House for winter

Post: #283493 becks77
Thu Jan 01, 2015 5:04 pm

...or 0 degrees here ;)
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Re: Insulated Hen House for winter

Post: #283496 ojay54
Fri Jan 02, 2015 6:41 am

-43?...You sure you wouldn't be better off keeping penguins?

Seriously,Nice job. Would straw do as well as your insulation medium?

Would also do a decent job in hot climates.

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Re: Insulated Hen House for winter

Post: #283499 Odsox
Fri Jan 02, 2015 10:27 am

ojay54 wrote: Would straw do as well as your insulation medium?

Years and years ago when I was a lad, we built a chicken house by driving posts into the ground to make walls, which were then covered with wire netting on both sides. The space between the netting was then tightly packed with hay, which remarkably was not pecked by the hens.
I remember it being nice and warm inside, as it was my job to go in there and pick up the eggs.

It also must have been cheap too, as the posts were cut from our coppice and the hay was almost certainly spoiled hay, just a few sheets of corrugated iron for the roof.

A precursor of straw build houses or a throw back to wattle & daub ?
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Re: Insulated Hen House for winter

Post: #283502 dave45
Sat Jan 03, 2015 12:17 am

What TOG rating are a hen's feathers?


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