adapting the coop for better heat control

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by bj taylor, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. bj taylor

    bj taylor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i live in hot country. i have been whining about the temps in the 50s w/a cold wind. reality hit me today though (in 80s) that i need to adjust the coop for better heat ventilation.
    the coop is built inside a hoop house in one corner. the human door into the coop is solid on the bottom. i'm going to remove that section & replace w/hardware cloth. the top nest boxes are too high for my girls & are never used. therefore, i'm going to remove the lid access (from the outside collecting eggs w/o going inside the coop) to these top nest boxes & replace w/ hardware cloth framed so it will allow more air to move through on hot nights. the exterior wall has a 1 ft square hole cut out for increased ventilation. i'm going to greatly increase that opening, cover w/hardware cloth. during winter i can put a piece of plywood over it to cut down on drafts.
    hoping my girls & big boy will be better this summer, than last.
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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  3. blueyezmt11

    blueyezmt11 New Egg

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    How high is too hi to have your nest boxes?? Just curious. I just put mine in the coop and im worried they are too high. They are at 4 ft.
     
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    That's about twice as high as they should be
     
  5. blueyezmt11

    blueyezmt11 New Egg

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    Ok, thank you so much. I was really wondering about this. My nesting boxes are 5 wide and 3 deep. The bottom is up off of the ground about 18 inches which brings the top row of boxes up to about 4 feet. I was trying to create more floor space for them but it sounds like I need to lower the whole thing......to the floor?
     
  6. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    If the lowest is 18", and you have perches across the front so they can climb up, it's fine just like it is.

    They can't jump much more than 2 -3 ft without a lot of effort, and getting down is even worse for larger birds

    If I'm understanding correctly, you have 15 nests, which is really enough for at least 45-60 birds.

    Also, if the nests are higher than the roosts, they will want to sleep in them, making a big mess to keep clean
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Would be good to put some ventilation up at the roof level above the roosts for the hot air to escape.
     

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