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Blackout Box for loud hens

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SCOUT123, Jun 22, 2016.

  1. SCOUT123

    SCOUT123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I transformed my coop (it's actually a really big dog cage lined with hardware cloth) into a blackout box, using Eclipse blackout curtains to block out the light. Are these blackout curtains breathable, though? Yesterday I left a crack for breathing but some light shone in and set them off. Would it be fine for me to cover the coop completely/are these curtains breathable?
     
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    I'd be concerned about doing this in the Ca. heat.
     
  3. rottlady

    rottlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a dog crate is not suitable for a coop outdoors

    My own coop is not yet finished so my chickens are IN THE HOUSE LOL in 4x4x4 dog pens with perches. They go outside in a mobile but not predator proof tractor coop in daytime (after 8) and come back in for the night (before 8pm)
     
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    rottlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    and no totally covered like that you are increasing heat in the cage, reducing ventilation and collecting ammonia which can damage their respiratory system
     
  5. SCOUT123

    SCOUT123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it's as big as a car..
     
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    SCOUT123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They go in to roost at 8:30 pm and i usually let them out at around 8am. idk if it's that hot but thanks for forewarning me
     
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    rottlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    then it is a dog kennel not a cage. a cage is a crate. My guys are in a 4x4x4 pen in the house at night and even so I'd never cover them tight like that although I dearly would love to to keep the roo from crowing at 5 am


    Even so you cannot cover it like that not in a warm area
     
  8. SCOUT123

    SCOUT123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well at night the temperature drops down to the mid-fifties
     

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