Owners of acreage or hobby farms are in a unique position.  Whether they own a handful of horses, goats, cows, chickens or dogs (or maybe all?) they need practical solutions to protecting their animals from the winter weather.  Unfortunately, most solutions are geared toward large-scale commercial applications and therefore cost prohibitive.  Is the only option to not have animals around your spread?  There may be at least another solution in radiant barrier.

Heat lamps and ceramic heaters can get costly, and a great deal of the heat produced is lost in the open spaces of barns and stalls.  Many types of animals habitually group together out of either a communal instinct or a primal need to share body heat.  Radiant barrier plays into those needs.

Unlike heat lamps or heaters which produce external sources of heat, radiant barrier serves as a way to contain heat by blocking its ability to pass to cooler spaces.  For example, if radiant barrier were to line a stall where three goats slept at night, the radiant barrier would effectively contain the body heat those goats generated, preventing much of its loss to the elements.  If the stall were to have a top as well as a slightly raised floor, heat conservation would increase still further.

Radiant barrier is made of 99% aluminum baked over a woven polyester scrim.  The scrim makes the product durable and easy to handle, while the aluminum provides a highly reflective surface.

Place radiant barrier along the inside of that chicken coop you’re building, along all four sides, top and bottom.  Use it to line dog houses as well.

In some cases you may want to cover the barrier with chicken wire or random 1×1 strips of wood in the  event your animal likes to chew.

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