Adding vent, where should we put it?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Tracyree, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. Tracyree

    Tracyree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our coop is 4x8. There is a window on the right side of the front wall (8' side). The roost runs along the back wall. The pop door is in the right 4' wall. Should the vent be placed on the back 8' wall or the left 4' wall?
     
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    If it's just a regular old 8 x 16" vent, I don't think it'll matter a whole lot. From which direction do your prevailing winter winds blow?? I'd probably put it opposite from them, so it'll do its purpose, but won't allow icy winds to blow in.
     
  3. Tracyree

    Tracyree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thinking we'd cut it about 8x36? I didn't think about winds, back wall would be best!
     
  4. Roadstump

    Roadstump Out Of The Brooder

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    I think a lot depends on where you live. In Texas, the heat is incredible. We have a prevailing southerly wind that needs to be taken advantage so I put 2 large 2'x2' flap type windows that hinge at the top. when propped open the flap serves as a shade in the afternoon so the sun doesn't blast in while taking advantage of the southerly breeze.

    I put 2 smaller shed type glass windows on the north wall that allows the breeze to escape and minimizes the winter northers that blow here. I've also got vents between the rafters (covered in hardware cloth) on the east and west that help to ventilate as well.
     

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