In a Pinch Draft Sealing

     Here in our area we’ve been hit with an arctic blast…yikes!  Winter hasn’t been bad at all and as I mentioned in a previous post, way too dry.  However, now we have about 6″ of pretty white stuff on the ground and still on everything else.  With the severe cold it’s not really melting so the trees, any type of seasonal growth still left like grasses or anything is coated in pretty snow.  And the forecast is calling for another winter storm starting Saturday into Sunday.  Oh, I am happy to report that everyone decided to venture out of the runs today! Seems like they all always enjoy hanging around me when I work outside and maybe that was their idea…you know to be my “over-seers”.  

     But with this severe cold, I once again have looked closer at the coops just to make sure everyone is warm enough.  The last 2 nights I have closed their pop door on the big one they all sleep in, just felt like the draft curtain wasn’t enough in temps that are dipping down to 1F…Yep that’s right ONE degree.  There was an area along the big door which I had taken care of in late fall as I began getting things winterized, but when I double checked it, I just wasn’t as pleased with it and needed to make it better.

     As I mentioned, I like to keep things simple, but also use what you have on hand if possible.  A good thing to keep on hand are a couple feed bags.  These are generally very strong, made of some sort of plastic or nylon webbing and coated to keep the feed dry.  In the fall I had kept a few of these just in case I needed to cover or seal something in a pinch.  A fifty pound bag of feed when all opened up is a good size and quite strong.  I keep these folded and tucked inside a shelf in the pallet garden/potting bench  that I built last summer.

     One of these came in handy since I didn’t have anything else around to seal up a space I noticed along the door even tighter. Now as I looked the coop over, I see that everything is completely sealed up.  There are two ventilation spots on opposite ends of the coop, but these are located above the highest roost and are fine.

To use feed bags as draft stoppers:

  • Have both ends cut off (one usually is off from when being opened)
  • Slice the bag lengthwise to have one flat piece
  • Cut strips at least 2-3 pieces wider than the draft
  • Fold several times but keeping the width enough to be able to form an inside corner along the draft area
  • Using a staple gun, staple tightly inside the corner itself, depending on the area, you may need to staples both sides of the corner.
  • Be sure to have enough bag material left if longer length is needed.

     Using the staples and this method it’s very easy to remove once the weather has turned warmer and won’t leave big holes etc…

     Now you’ll know where drafts need to be sealed up and comes late fall when you’re winterizing again you can either use this same method to save money, or install regular weatherstripping.

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