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post #11 of 16
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He doesnt pressure wash currently, we were only going to do that with a plastic shed that we could have dried out completely. For the wooden playhouse the chickens live in currently we use the mite powder, and mite solution sprayed into any cracks. We also dust the hens regularly.

 

The playhouse they are in currently is 5x5ft, technically big enough but I prefer my girls to have more than adequate space than just sufficient!

Wouldnt sheet metal sheds get horrifyingly hot in summer?? I hadn't even contemplated metal for that reason! 

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post #12 of 16

Agrees, metal could get very hot...and have condensation issues......and almost as hard to modify as plastic. 

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #13 of 16

Sheet metal sheds, like any other type, will get hot if they're poorly ventilated. If they're ventilated properly, they're not any hotter than anything else.

 

 

What's your climate like? How bad are winters and summers? 

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Sheet metal sheds, like any other type, will get hot if they're poorly ventilated. If they're ventilated properly, they're not any hotter than anything else.

 

 

What's your climate like? How bad are winters and summers? 

Disagree ......metal conducts heat faster than wood does...

.....and it's hard to add adequate ventilation to your typical metal shed.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #15 of 16
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I live in the Uk, so we rarely see summer temps past 30 degrees Celcius, but I would be constantly panicing having them in a metal shed in hotter weather. I understand ventilation is important, but I just wouldnt feel comfortable with them in metal. Reminds me of an oven lol!

 

I have personally always preferred wood. It seems more natural, easier to mess around with as far as modification is concerned and ultimately seems to stay the coolest in summer and warmest in winter!

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Disagree ......metal conducts heat faster than wood does...

.....and it's hard to add adequate ventilation to your typical metal shed.

A typical metal shed uses standard 26-28"x8' siding/roofing panels. It's trivially easy to replace one with hardware cloth. It's trivially easy to replace one whole side of the building with hardware cloth if you want.


Conducting heat faster also means it cools down quicker when it's above ambient. There are plenty of people using them, and plenty of people using metal roofs on chicken coops. It's not a problem unless you seal the thing up.

 

 

Also, for the record - my barn is a 60x40 metal building - and during the day it's usually cooler than ambient (mostly because it sits on a cement pad and the ground is cool - but the fact that it's metal isn't an issue at all).


Edited by CrazyTalk - 5/29/15 at 7:58am
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