Ceiling Fan in Hen House?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by pgras123, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. pgras123

    pgras123 Out Of The Brooder

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    When I built the hen house last year I added a cheap residential ceiling fan from home deopt. We have two good windows in a 64 square foot hen house with the ceiling fan in the middle. It also acts as the light.

    It is getting quite dusty. Maybe this could be a fire hazard? I am trying to keep it clean, but maybe I shoud have a good fan built for a hen house? Are thre any type of farm fans that can take the dust of the henhouse? Or maybe I should go for the window fans and just have a light only on the ceiling?

    Just thinking of the hot weather soon to come. Any thoughts on hen house fans - wether for the windows or ceiling?[​IMG]
     
  2. fairladi_chick

    fairladi_chick Out Of The Brooder

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    what about the kind of fan you would put in the attic to remove heat? it comes on at a certain temp.
     
  3. pgras123

    pgras123 Out Of The Brooder

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    Didn't even think of that , very good idea, thanks.
     
  4. fairladi_chick

    fairladi_chick Out Of The Brooder

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    besides removin the dust it will also remove the heat from the coop as well.

    two, two mints in one lol:lol:
     
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  5. flopshot

    flopshot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i'm trying to find a fan like a bathroom exaust fan but with a better duty cycle. maybe a wall mounted kitchen exaust fan. the thermostat is pretty easy to come up. it would be usefull for cleaning time if nothing else. "ceiling fan n a hen house".... kinda laughed at the thought of them trying to roost on it.
     
  6. FlashPointFarm

    FlashPointFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    I am not a fan of fans in small coops (and I can only think offhand of 3 people on BYC who have coops I would not consider 'small' in this context [​IMG])

    First, because there is just no reason whatsoever unless you are in a super hot climate, and if you *are* in a super hot climate, you don't need a fan to ventilate the coop you need a properly-designed coop plus shade for the chickens plus, *possibly* the chickens might benefit from a fan *on them*. For any other situation, correctly designed passive ventilation works COMPLETELY FINE.

    Second, because 95% of the fans people talk about using are not designed for high-dust high-humidity conditions, and tend to quickly stop working properly, and yes, they CAN become a fire hazard. (I've known a horse-barn fire started by dust in the works of a fan...). IMO if you are going to use a fan for some reason -- and as I say, I don't think that even one percent of people have *any* reason for one -- it needs to be one *designed* for high-dust high-humidity situations. The problem there is that while agricultural fans are certainly on the market, they tend to come in sizes larger than you'd want for an 8' coop. I believe there are some smaller fans on the market for wood shop use etc, but can't point to specific sources. Anything quasi-appropriate will be a lot more expensive than yer basic cheap Home Depot ceiling/attic/bathroom fan, though.

    That said, for the record, because my chicken building used to be a dog boarding/breeding kennel (not built by me) it does actually have three ceiling fans in it. I don't use them, because of ALL the reasons above (no need, and I no longer trust them after all this chicken dust). I did accidentally hit the wrong switch and turn them on once though. Either roosters have a special instinctual call for "danger - ceiling fan!" or they identified it as the Greater Northern Rotary Eagle. Awesome panic ensued [​IMG] (I am positive they would get used to it, but it sure was funny)

    Good luck, have fun, really I do not think you need/want a fan,

    Pat
     
  8. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I replace my fan about every 6 months (due to dust) ETA: [I'd never ever considered it a fire hazard!]

    It is hooked to a timer. It comes on at about 11PM and goes off at 11AM to try and cool the coop.... get's dang hot here in the summer!

    It's cheap. I have it sitting on a shelf pointed out one of my ventilation holes on the north side of the coop above my door.
     
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  9. flopshot

    flopshot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if you feel you really need one mount it so it pressurizes the coop instead of evacuates. not quite as effective but much safer as far as the dust issue goes.
     

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