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Polytunnel House

My brother is thinking of getting a mini polytunnel for his chickens to allow them to live in all year round, with access to outside the polytunnel on some days but primarily living in the polytunnel.
He wants to know what would be the general opinion of everyone?
Is it a good idea?
Is it too cold in winter or too hot in summer!

Will R
Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

They will peck the plastic. I learned the hard way.

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

I think poly tunnels are supposed to be for growing plants vegtables☺ and the like its a chicken ark he needs 😉

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018


Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Tell him to just do and build a chicken coop.
Polytunnels are for growing things, not housing chickens.

A few problems I can think of are;
Polytunnel would be very hot on a sunny day.

It would be cold in a cool night.

Rain hitting off of the plastic can be loud and may scare the chickens in the tunnel.

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

A fox would go through a polytunnel like a sow through a would be too hot aswell I’d say and the hens would pick holes in it. If there’s food in it too it would fill with rats I’d say.hed get a timber shed for handy money

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

That sow through a town sounds like fun !,

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Ive seen guys on youtube who winter the chickens in the polytunnel using the deep litter method and the woodchips give off heat as they decompose and one guy lives in sweden... much colder than here. Look up swedish homestead on youtube.. he has a few videos on it

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

@finefowl Yeah Thats along the lines I was thinking too, for winter it might make more sense, being able to keep them dry and warm.

Will R
Friday, November 16th, 2018

The polytunnel wouldn’t keep them Any warmer in winter than being out doors, but it will obviously keep them out of snow (if we get it)

Friday, November 16th, 2018

My polytunnels in Kildare are definitely warmer than outside in the winter. I love the swedish homestead guy, who also got me thinking about this. For a chicken run only, I was thinking of doing something similar for winter only (deep litter method)... BUT I would build the predator proof run inside the polytunnel so the hens dont have access to the plastic and remain protected. I was thinking of rotating annually through my polytunnels and this would also serve to enrich the polytunnel soil.

I dont like the idea of putting the coop/sleeping quarters inside the polytunnels for fear it would affect the ventilation of the coop at night.

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

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