Easy! How to Insulate a Chicken Coop with Alpaca Fiber or Wool

Now that ole man winter is knocking on the door, it’s time again to add some insulation to the chicken coop.

How to insulate a chicken coop, Fiberartsy.com

Hey Annette, What does this have to do with art? Absolutely nothing! But it does have to do with fiber – in my case, alpaca fiber. And people are always asking me what they can do with alpaca fiber seconds or thirds (neck, leg and belly hair). This is a great use for it and believe me, your chickens will thank you!

Side note: Some people prefer to place a heat source in the coop. Where we live, the power goes out frequently in the wintertime. If that were to happen in the middle of the night, our chickens would freeze to death. This way, they get used to the cold and will be just fine :)






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Supplies Needed:

How to insulate a chicken coop, Fiberartsy.com

How to insulate a chicken coop, Fiberartsy.com

-Wool or Alpaca Fiber (ask your local alpaca farm – they usually have a barn full)
-Large Feed Bags
-Darning Needle
-Thick Yarn (Preferably synthetic as it lasts longer. Probably the only time you’ll hear me recommend synthetic yarn!)
Heavy Staple Gun

Stitching

Fill your bags evenly with fiber, appr. 2″ thick. About midway up the bag, place a row of knots all the way across about 3″ apart. Think of an old fashioned quilt … simply poke the needle through both sides of the bag (with the fiber in between), pull it back up and tie the ends together in a knot. This will keep the fiber from falling to the bottom of the bags.

How to insulate a chicken coop, Fiberartsy.com

How to insulate a chicken coop, Fiberartsy.com

All that’s left is to staple the bags to the inside of the chicken coop. They will settle and get icky and pooped on but should last all winter and help to keep your chickens warm.

How to insulate a chicken coop, Fiberartsy.com

The girls wanna know what I’m doing with their fiber!





How to insulate a chicken coop, Fiberartsy.com


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Comments

  1. This is such a great way to reuse materials! Sending this to my aunt who has always wanted alpacas and chickens :) Thanks so much for sharing it at Talented Tuesday!!

  2. This has to be one of the awesomest ways to insulate a chicken coop. I wish we had alpacas. Maybe I’ll add them to my wish list! Thanks for sharing on Homestead Blog Hop!