Originally Posted by KDOGG331
I did see this debate on the other thread earlier today so I won't start it up again
That said, even if this works for you, which maybe it does if your birds are healthy, I would definitely be worried about the ventilation thing even if yours vents (how does yours smell? I know from the cat's litter box and now the chicks if it smells that's the ammonia). But not even just that but I think it would be too small for them and especially when they got bigger. But maybe you just mean as a huddle type thing to go in instead of wrapping the run?
I'm not talking about wrapping the run when I say use a fridge, you can wrap the whole run and that is a great idea.
About insulating the coop or run, if you don't feel like the coop is stuffy then neither would the chooks obviously. I can't see the point in engaging in 'debate' about the zero people and zero chickens who have ever suffocated in a chicken coop. I'm sure there must be magazines and TV channels clogged with those stories on some planet, but I'm talking about this one, and yes, I am the only person either one of us know who has any experience with using a fridge for chickens, so it is a good idea to ask the only person who would know about the smell. I wouldn't say I have anything but an ordinary sense of smell, I can smell my chicken tractor, and when I hose it out it is quite strong. When I opened the fridge to check on and feed the chicks in the fridge I used as a brooder, although the chicks were pooping in there, there was no significant buildup of smell, it was only about as much as any other brooder, or less, because it was outdoors. Poop that they do soon dries up and is very easy to clean. It is loose generally and not stuck to the floor in general. It was very very very easy and fast to hose out compared to the wooden surfaces in the chicken tractor.
The Fridge goes inside the coop or connects by a tunnel. I just leave mine outdoors and have a run attached as pictured. I can't see that they'd need both unless the single fridge is the nest box. How many chickens can you fit ? for an average sized fridge, assuming the door is cut large enough, I'd say one 50kg ( 100 pound ) chicken will do, or more if they are smaller. If you think they are a little cramped however, just get more fridges ! There are no special differences in regards to room, it's the same as a regular brooder because it IS a regular brooder, it just does not consume as much electricity to keep it toasty warm, if it needs power at all. Mine did not.
In regards to budget, it took a few hours in total to strip out the fridge and put in the doorway liner, I don't even know if you need the liner. I guess you could use cloth tape instead of wood or sheetmetal like I did. That would make it faster but tape doesn't last as long and I prefer to make things that will last longer than I will, so I don't have to do it more than once.
As for the budget, if your budget is 20 cents, you can afford about 50. You can get them on secondhand auction sites online, or just ask neighbors and friends. Shops that sell fridges also want to give away old ones because they have to pay a fortune to have garbage dumped. Large, heavy things like fridges can cost a lot to dump commercially. So most stores, even chain stores, want you to have them free and will often help load them onto your vehicle.
The fridge idea, that is, the way I cut the door and so on, is designed to keep the heat inside the fridge as much as possible, while allowing plenty of fresh air in. This is how it works when the ambient external temperature ( the weather forecast ) is below the chickens body temperature.
Like I said, this works fantastic for me and my chickens, it appeals to my lazy side for sure, because it is almost no work at all, it appeals to the wallet, and yes, I am the only one who has experience with this setup that we know if. I'd love to see some photos when other people start building them (is building the right word? sounds too busy)