Co-op direction

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by aklickner, Mar 2, 2017.

  1. aklickner

    aklickner New Egg

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    So we've always heard that the coop has to face south for the girls to lay. We started our girls that way, but we are wanting to relocate our co-op. Doing so would change the coop to face east. Do you think this will be a problem??
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    I've always argued against facing it south. I don't for the life of me know why people suggest that.
    I guess it depends on where one lives.

    South facing windows do no good unless the chickens never come outside.

    East facing windows catch the morning sun. South facing windows have no effect when the chickens are already outside.
    If the windows face south the building will heat up more in summer. I guess people think it will help in winter.
    It will have no positive effect at 4 AM on January 15. It will be the same temp inside as out.
    It will have a negative effect at 4 PM on July 15 if it isn't shaded. It will be much hotter inside than out and hold that heat into the evening.
     
  3. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our coop walk-out door faces the west, the pop door to the run is on the east side, there are windows on the north & south sides. The coop & run are both shaded in the summer.

    We didn't plan it that way as it was a shed we repurposed. It works fine for the hens.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Not true.
     
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  5. jennyf

    jennyf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Assuming you have a window on the side facing east, they should get the earliest morning light. We have a window on that side and are happy with it.
     
  6. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It should face whichever direction makes sense in your location. I have my coop facing north with the one solid wall pointed south. Where I live our windstorms almost always come from the south and that's mainly what I wanted to block.
     
  7. ScottandSam

    ScottandSam Still learning Premium Member

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    Correct me if I'm wrong but Is not a woods style coop faced to the south, southwest. But that is cause of its design.


    Scott
     
  8. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Well, facing south can have a solar gain advantage,
    but it's not one of the 2 critical aspects of the Woods design,
    which are width/depth proportion and closed openings in winter for 'air cushion' function.
     
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  10. RPClark

    RPClark Out Of The Brooder

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    This^^^

    My coop has a southwest facing window and the main door faces northeast. The exit to the run is facing southeast while the vents are one the northwest and southeast gables. The coop is out in the open, and our place is windy most of the time. The worst of the sustained winds are during winter storms; the north and northwest winds are usually the worst.

    I'm glad nobody told my hens they can't lay unless the coop faces south. I might have missed out on eggs at breakfast this morning. ;)
     

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