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Hello from Vernont

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Hi,

New to chickens and this forum. My wife has really wanted chickens ( Layers) for awhile now so I converted our shed into a coop. We used a couple old pIanter box benches for nesting boxes and I built a ladder roost.  I haven't put the chicken door in yet or any fencing outside yet. I found this page because I know nothing about chickens and have been reading like crazy.

 

I 'm trying to figure out how much ventilation I'll need to add. We have 3 Amberlinks and 3 Buff Brahamas and will maybe add 3 more Ameraucanas for 12 chickens at the most. I was thinking of using these 3 inch round vents I have laying around and putting about 6 in around the top of the walls. Not sure that's enough or not.

 

Any advice on ventilation or on my coop in general is welcome.

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I'm new to chickens, as well, but I've been reading Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens by Gail Damerow.  She suggests 1 sq foot of window for every 10 sq feet of flooring in the coop.  And to use 1/2" x 1/2" hardware cloth as "screening" because predators like raccoons can tear through regular window screening. 

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Welcome to BYC.  Have you checked out the coop section,  it may have information of how much venting is required.

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Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

 

All the best

CT

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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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