Coop for Florida

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kimf, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. kimf

    kimf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2011
    Seminole County, FL
    We are going to get chickens for egg laying. We live outside Orlando and get really hot (upper 90s) 3-4 months of the year and can get hard freezes in the winter (usually only a few hours at predawn for 1-2 nights at a time). We also have loads of rain and humidity. Any special considerations for a coop/run? I see lots of info about winterizing, but nothing about controlling heat. Any advice or suggestions/resources are greatly appreciated.
  2. KDK1

    KDK1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2011
    Tennessee Plateau
    Where about outside Orlando? I lived there for many years.
  3. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
    LaFayette, NY
    make sure you have good ventilation with a couple of fans and you should be ok.
  4. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    [​IMG] I would build a three sided coop.They work well here in Texas. Position the coop for prevailing wind to blow in th[​IMG]e coop & north winds blocked off. Here's mine>
  5. turtlewomyn

    turtlewomyn Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 27, 2011
    Tallahassee, Florida
    I have been wanting to ask about winterizing coops in Florida. When does cold become a concern? I am up in Tallahassee and I thought that we would be ok, but then one of DH's co workers (who kept chickens growing up) said that we would need to keep them warm in the winter. Sorry to piggyback on your post but this has been on my mind. We are a little bit colder than you up here.
  6. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2010
    North Florida
    In the first pic you can see the fronts of the double sided pen...all hardware cloth

    In the second one that partial wall and a back wall to the left are the only solid walls at all

    Third shows the solid back wall from the inside (only half the back wall is wood
    I went through last winter here about an hour from Tallahassee by covering all but the front side with plastic. You cannot close it up too much or you will have worse problems with humidity. I don't have any problems with heat in the summer. I am growing vines up the sides and over the solid tops also.
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2011
  7. turbodog

    turbodog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2010
    Independence, La.
    I converted an old greenhouse into a hoop coop/run, that's always open air. Come winter I intend to cover it with a tarp so I can roll it up or down as needed by temps. I might add a small heater if it's really going to get cold at night.
  8. kimf

    kimf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2011
    Seminole County, FL
    Wow. Thanks for all the quick replies. It looks like with shade, which we have, and good ventilation we should be good. @turtlewomyn, no worries about the piggyback. I was wondering teh same thing. Is a few hours at or just below freezing ok as long as they are in the coop and protected? Or do we need to do more? And what about humidity? We were hoping to use the deep litter method for parts of it. My DH was thinking a slab might help. I am really excited about this, as are our kids!
  9. ChickenChaser34432

    ChickenChaser34432 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 31, 2011
    At Liberty Farm
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2011
  10. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    We have heat problems here in Texas too. Most of us have coops with at least one open side, facing south. Having the south and east walls open is best, west wall can be either open or closed with windows and the north wall should be solid. That way the prevailing winds in the summer can get in and the storm winds in the winter are deflected.

    Last winter was the coldest we've had in a very long time. I did not heat the coop in any way and the girls were just fine. In fact, they were out in freezing drizzle mucking about as if it were a summer day. Most of mine though are Orpingtons that can take more cold than some other breeds. But it did get into the 20's often at night and still they were fine. I think your temps are similar to ours. Just make sure they have a draft free, cozy place available and you should be golden.

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