Condensation from increased ventilation?

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Songster
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We recently cut down some trees behind the building used as a coop. The next day, there was loads of condensation on the ceiling.

I tried making the vents bigger, but it's still getting really wet, whereas it was dryer before, with less ventilation. I'm at a bit of a loss.

There is currently loads of ventilation, the building is huge and isn't even fully stocked, so I don't understand how the condensation is forming.

It's 12' x 24', about 7.5' tall and there are 40 chickens in it (18 LF and 22 small bantams). I can measure exactly how much ventilation there is, but it'll take a while. It goes all the way round under the roof. There are also gaps in the doors and one of the walls.

I really regret cutting that hedge back down to a hedge height rather than leaving it as trees :-(
 

Red Barn Farms

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I think given a few days everything will settle back down temperature wise. Once the hedges were cut down did it allow more sunlight to hit the roof than before and changes in air circulation? I'd think for some reason there was a drastic change in temperature and things will be back to normal given some time.
 

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Songster
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Yes, there is more sunlight on that side now late afternoon/early evening time. That side faces west. There is also more ventilation through the gaps as the 'hedge' was in the way before.

How long do you think it will take to settle? The water is dripping off the ceiling every morning and making the bedding wet. It stinks of ammonia in places :-(
 

Red Barn Farms

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Yes, there is more sunlight on that side now late afternoon/early evening time. That side faces west. There is also more ventilation through the gaps as the 'hedge' was in the way before.

How long do you think it will take to settle? The water is dripping off the ceiling every morning and making the bedding wet. It stinks of ammonia in places :-(
I'm not certain but if possible maybe adding a heat source inside will help speed up the process. If water is dripping I'm not sure electric heat would be a good idea either.
 

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Songster
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I don't know what soffit vents are? I haven't bought or fastened any vents anywhere; I just call 'vents' gaps that ventilate the coop.

I do have windows, but they're for letting daylight in. If I were to uncover them, snow would blow in.

Just to give you an idea, I'd guess there's about 12sqft of ventilation along the front wall (6" x 24' between the wall and the roof). Just been looking for some pics, but they all seem really old. I snap some updated one tomorrow, then we can all see what the ventilation is like. Although the question was why is there condensation now the trees are down.
 
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Barred Rock Caf

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The dripping water may be the result of ice damming occurring from the sunlight now striking the roof and increasing the snow melt. At night, the water refreezes and creeps under the shingles (I'm betting the roof has a low pitch to it) where it then thaws once again during the day and drips into the building inside. This is bad news all the way around and yes, soffit venting is the answer. The roof deck should NEVER be wet-ever. Something drastic has been activated through change. Soffit venting is where you vent right at the point where a wall meets the roof truss or plain old common rafter. Air circulation, NOT HEAT, is the ticket for reversing this situation.

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