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How do you know if you have enough ventalation.

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 I live in Michigan gets down to 0 at times. I am concerned about dampness 5 chickens small coop  4x6  Plus what is the thought on locking chickens in at night  during cold weather to cut down on drafts.

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Unless the run is 100% predator proof, they should be shut up in the coop each night. The pop door is usually positioned low enough that any air that comes in will not directly hit your birds, unless the roost is low to the ground and right in front of the door.

If you aren't sure if you have enough ventilation, go ahead and add some more. It's hard to over do ventilation as long as it's well above roosting height. Keep the bedding clean and dry as best as you can, even if that means changing it daily, to help reduce moisture.

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This guy had a great idea for ventalation, just a triangle cut out with metal wirescreen at the peak, and a draft that pulls in from the first story...

 

https://youtu.be/H3YGdxOdxS4

 

looks like it would work great, and an automated door!:)

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You could also put attic sofit vent on the sides and a spin-wheel on the roof, just an idea

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Thanks for the ideas
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 I live in Michigan gets down to 0 at times. I am concerned about dampness 5 chickens small coop  4x6 Quick answer If you have ammonia  or condensation issues and problems with the coop being too hot in the summer YES you need more ventilation.......If not NO. Plus what is the thought on locking chickens in at night  during cold weather to cut down on drafts. I lock my chickens in at night mainly to defend against predators.


Edited by Hokum Coco - 1/15/16 at 3:02pm

Hope this helps,

Check out this link leads to a Video interview on me and my grand daughter done by a local TV Station on our WHITE HOMING PIGEON loft:

http://globalnews.ca/news/1478351/carrier-pigeons-continue-to-connect-family/

If you are not living for something;

You are dying for nothing.

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Hope this helps,

Check out this link leads to a Video interview on me and my grand daughter done by a local TV Station on our WHITE HOMING PIGEON loft:

http://globalnews.ca/news/1478351/carrier-pigeons-continue-to-connect-family/

If you are not living for something;

You are dying for nothing.

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