- Feb 10, 2015
Hello, We are in the framing stage of our new coop. Will house our 10 hens, and maybe up to 15 total in days to come. It is 12x14, sheltered some from the north, and is built on a slope so the floor is off the ground, but insulated underneath. We are modeling after the old-fashioned half-monitor style coop as I have heard stories from my dad of how a coop needs to face the south and utilize the sun in the wintertime. (see old photo here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/half-monitor-chicken-coop.48434/) Anyhow, our north wall is 8' high, the monitor wall is 11' and the south wall is between 6' & 7'. It will be covered with metal from a previously hailed on Morton building. I have been reading quite a bit about ventilation. I have read posts saying to think high, not considering just windows." This still leaves me uncertain. There are three awning type windows up high on the monitor wall. (Also three windows on the south, a window on the east and a door on the west for summer ventilation.) I have considered a whirlybird vent on the roof, and also adding small "awning type windows towards the top of the north wall. Can anyone offer their thoughts about adding windows/vents on the north. Is it needed? They would be 6-8 ft high - but the birds will roost on the north wall (height tbd) so I don't want to create a draft. I would appreciate input about what is enough, and what is too much! Also wondering are vents at the floor level helpful in any way?