coop door open or closed at night?

PHILMAN

Songster
8 Years
May 9, 2011
223
2
101
South Plainfield , NJ
Hi ,
It has been getting quit warm at night here in New Jersey and I know that the coop where I keep the chicks at night will be great in winter time . But what about summer time when it gets really hot at night I dont have a window that I can open for them . There is openings at the underside of the roof that allows air to circulate . Can I let the door open and let them walk in and out if they want ? I'm not worried to much about anything getting at them they are enclosed pretty good .
Thanks for your help. Phil:idunno
 

MTopPA_18707

Songster
9 Years
Dec 18, 2010
147
1
101
Mountain Top, PA (NEPA)
Phil,

You're right chickens can take cold better than heat.

You need to add windows to your shed.

I installed these windows in my shed . . . without cutting any 2x4 studs.

14" x 27"
Safety Glass
White or Brown
Flush Mount or J-channel Mount
$33.00 ea
Lot of 4 $129.95

Here is a link: http://www.shedwindowsandmore.com/shedwindows.html


Also. most sheds have a vents at the roof peaks . . . I replaced mine with new vents . . . the largest that would fit.

As important as keeping heat down is providing ventilation to keep the smell and humidity down [birds' lungs are more sensitive than humans.]

Kevin


PS:> My shed had a soffit on the front. I completely removed the soffit and replaced it with small hardware cloth. The shed is MUCH cooler. The hardware cloth keeps critters out.
 
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MTopPA_18707

Songster
9 Years
Dec 18, 2010
147
1
101
Mountain Top, PA (NEPA)
Phil,

Just a friendly word of caution . . . . about predators.

Raccoons and other critters will eventually find your flock and kill birds.
During the day [if the birds free range] you will eventually loose birds to hawks.

The windows I installed did come with screens - which I left installed to keep flies out, etc.
But eventually raccoons will attempt a 'breakin' and those screens won't keep them out - so I've cover the windows with hardware cloth.

Soon I will complete an attached run behind the shed . . . which a wire roof to keep hawks out.

That's what I did . . . let's see if other feel all this is necessary.

Kevin
 

blueberrychickens

Songster
9 Years
May 12, 2010
834
14
151
Hudson, MA
I leave the pop door open 24/7 in the warmer months & it leads into a secure run. No critter is gettin' in unless it has bolt cutters! The girls like the freedom to stay out late & be up @ the crack of dawn & not have to wait for me to open their pop door.
Hope that helps you!
 

PHILMAN

Songster
8 Years
May 9, 2011
223
2
101
South Plainfield , NJ
blueberrychicken ,
Now thats the answer i was looking for I do have a run that's enclosed and you would need cutters to get in . .... Or maybe a shovel ? but i dont think thats going to happen . i will try to leave the door open and see what happens .

Thanks Phil
 
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harveyhorses

Songster
10 Years
Jan 16, 2010
670
144
221
Powhatan Va
This is the week my coop door starts staying open, the run they are in is lovingly (or jokingly) called by my family 'Fort Henny' The only worry I have is thunderstorms, because two of them like to sleep on top of the coop, but the roof is covered in chicken wire and a heavey tarp. Last summer everything was fine, and we were all much happier NOT waiting on me to get up and open the door. I work a late shift.

When the lows at night are 70s' and humidity is high, I am miserable, and since I have confidence in my run, I don't see a reason to shut them in.
 
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