at what temp would you close ventilation

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by naturababe, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. naturababe

    naturababe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2010
    I have a lot of ventilation in our coop but it's up high, 6 ft (the roosts are at 3 feet). The ventilation is open hardware cloth on three sides of the coop (coop is 8x8). At what temp do i need to cover the open hardware cloth?
  2. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    they should be fine down to the low teens, but after that I would cover them up.
  3. birdicus7

    birdicus7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2010
    Coatesville, PA
    I wouldn't cover them completely. Ventilation is the most important feature of a winter coop. Not enough and you will have high humidity possibly resulting in frostbite. Without seeing your coop I would restrict the vents on the prevailing wind side and possibly close some so there are no straight through drafts but you need good ventilation. Some go as far as to say about 1 sq ft per bird...It will be simple enough to gauge. Frost inside=too humid-need more ventilation.
  4. PaulaJoAnne

    PaulaJoAnne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    If you cover your ventilation, the moisture will build up and you will have real trouble with frostbite.
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    Never close it completely. Your chickens will have more problems from moist cold than dry cold. They can really handle low temps.
  6. abhaya

    abhaya Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2010
    cookeville, tn
    I live in TN our lows get in to the teen sometimes. I have nexer closed the ventalation in my coop.
  7. HBuehler

    HBuehler Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2009
    Lebanon TN
    We have already seen near zero here in middle TN and in the single digits for several days in a row and it's only early Dec...more like late Jan...You never close the ventilation completely or your asking for trouble..ventilation doesn't mean draft and breeze that needs to be addressed since that is very bad on them.We never use plastic because plastic can't breathe but our chicken houses are house wrapped and where we have open wire-converterd 3 sided shed all open wire on the front and the eves are all house wrapped.It will stay on until Spring and no ill effects to the chickens since it won't allow moisture build up.

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