Chicken Coop Ventilation - Go Out There And Cut More Holes In Your Coop!

Very informative, and entertaining also.
Loved reading this. I should probably add a little more ventilation. I would right now, but it’s 10pm and I don’t think the chickens would approve.
Very very VERY helpful.
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Great article! Always worry about the cold weather with my girls. Have an AFrame coop that was built with recycled materials. Have 2 windows and small window on door. No problems last winter and we had a lot of snow! Started with 3’ in December. Gets little wet if rain but dries quick and I remove wet bedding
Great information ,will be watching carefully this winter as I've added 14 more chicken's.I try to poop scoop daily seems to work well only takes 10 minutes. I also live in Niagara region.
Excellent info. We tarp during winter but have adequate ventilation still. Never any chickens sick and they lay yr around. We also clean the coop (not my husband's liking) daily. Not an intense clean but you can't see poop when we're done. Also use pine shavings and we have no dampness or humidity issues. Our coop is almost always dry except when raining, the bottom area gets wet. Usually take the wet shavings out and let it dry out.
Great article. And to think I was about to cover the man door screen with plexiglass. Reconsidering. It does put draft on one chicken who roosts alone near the door. Can I assume she will move to another roost to avoid a draft? There are plenty of open spots with or without other hens roosting. These areas do not get the draft.
Great article. I have 3 hens in a 8x10 coup to sleep but free range all day. The double doors are open all day and I clean their poop (sand) every morning. There is a little window also And vents on each end that were made in the shed/coop. Since the double doors are open all day, is that enough ventilation? I shut the doors when they roost and I have a small dehumidifier inside. I’m a newbie, thanks.
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Does this article refer mainly to coops that the chickens stay in all the time? I have an enclosed run that is partially covered with a tarp for shade. The girls have a small bunkhouse that they sleep in at night. I think it's well ventilated because the roof sits on a 2" piece of wood; it's not sitting directly on the walls. This is my first year with my little flock (6), so I'm still not sure what winter will be like for them. I live in West Texas, where winter is generally a two-week vacation from summer, although we do get the occasional snow storm.
A must read article before you start to build any kind of poultry coop. You think chickens release a lot of water-vapor, ammonia and other noxxic gases? - Get Ducks! - You need even more ventilation…
Fantastic article about ventilation.
Everyone should read.
This is the best article I have ever read on ventilation! I knew ventilation was important, but I didn't know how important it is until I read this!
Great article addressing the need and types of ventilation needed in coops!
So glad I found this very well written article before constructing my chicken coups. Thank you!
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Good article on adding ventilation to the coop!
This was a great article! I could tell a lot of thought and hard work went into writing it. Very informative, helpful and easy to read!
Thank you for a great article. Question - is there a way to measure the ammonia in the air and if so, what levels are harmful. I have a wireless temp gauge in my coop so I can monitor the coop temp from inside my home. Is there a way to similarly measure the ammonia? Also, you talk about humidity levels in the coop. What is an ideal range, and what is too high? Both of these measurements will tell me if I have adequate ventilation. Thank you! Dave
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Good thing, this message came to my inbox. I just built a new movable chicken coop, and I did not put any ventilation holes in the night box or laying boxes. I live in S. Ontario and figured the cracks and pophole would be sufficient. As the cold weather approaches, I anticipate they will spend more time inside the night box. I am going out to rectify this at once. Thanks for the very well written article and the excellent explanation of the types of ventilation.
Thank you! Alot of work went into writing this article. I wish the correct humidity was posted. Example: what percentage of humidity is too high and what percentage is comfortable for chickens would be a great help. I have a digital thermometer I use in the coop and having that type of details would help me alot. Thank you!
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