Anyone use turbine vents on their coops?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by grullablue, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. grullablue

    grullablue Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Madison, Wisconsin
  2. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    I don't use one but I think it would work well!
  3. SusanJoM

    SusanJoM Songster

  4. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    We have one on one of our coops. It doesnt get much of a breeze in that I hooked up a fan under it to push the hot air out. Works pretty good!!
  5. Weewanona

    Weewanona Songster

    Apr 1, 2007
    Wilburton, OK
    [​IMG] Good idea!

    I have one on mine and it works really well. Where I live there is almost always a breeze blowing so the turbine draws a lot of hot air out of the coop. I can really feel the difference.
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2008
  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    The ones I've known in barns, snow filters in during the winter and you really don't want that in a coop (for moisture reasons). Thus it would have to be close-off-able in winter, which would require you to have plenty of other ventilation available for winter use.

    Frankly though, if you have enough breeze to make the turbine go, you have enough breeze to do a good job of exchanging coop air through large *normal* ventilation openings anyhow. The reason they are used in attics and other structures like that is because, there, unlike in a coop, you CAN'T have great big whackin' openings for the breeze to just blow through.


  7. grullablue

    grullablue Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Madison, Wisconsin
    Thank you for the input. I should have performed a search before I asked, seeing that post was so recent! Sorry! My husband works in construction, so I'm at an advantage here, and I hadn't considered the snow issue (we do have an issue in our horse barn with a different ventilation thing), because I didn't know what these were or how they worked, so after reading your replies, I asked him what his intentions were.

    He planned to put a door on the inside of the ceiling, where the turbine area could be closed off for the winter, as he said yes, snow would be a problem in teh winter. He planned to use this to help the air movement in the hot, humid summer. We won't have electricity out there, unless we run an extension cord, which if it gets too hot, we would do, but he thought this may help with air movement.

    There will be additional ventilation for the coop, this is not the only means. The coop will also have soffit all the way around it, and I'm not sure if he's still running a ridge vent as was originally planned? Probably not, that would probably be overkill! But then, might also help the air coming in thru the soffit have a place to get out in the wintertime, with the turbine closed off. I didn't ask him that. Originally, he planned to have a ridge vent on the roof. He builds livestock buildings and things for a living...this is just quite a miniature version...

    But I appreciate the input! Don't want to question him....but you've all been there....we have not!

    Thank you!
  8. SusanJoM

    SusanJoM Songster

    Ah, snow.....that never crossed my little California mind.....sorry....


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