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"Coop" is having serious issues..

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jbishop73, Dec 4, 2015.

  1. jbishop73

    jbishop73 New Egg

    Dec 4, 2015
    Hi all,

    So we just moved from our old place into a new one. The old place had a really nice coop built on to the side of the hay shed. It worked excellent for 10 years.

    The new place had nothing and I didn't have any time to build a new coop, so I purchased one of those tarp style 10x10 portable garages and am using this as the coop. Last night it was foggy and about 34 degrees. I went out to feed the chickens and it was literally raining inside the coop from all the condensation.

    Obviously this is a huge problem because wet birds = dead birds when it gets cold enough. My question is, how can I combat this condensation? Tarp on the ground? Use a razor knife and duct tape to make top vents? Just keep the front side rolled up? (it is out of the wind)

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

  2. Ameraucanas

    Ameraucanas Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2015
    You could try a dehumidafier and all the other things that you said.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    This would be the first(easiest) thing to try. See if it works then think about long term over winter.

    What is your climate?
    Putting your location in your profile can really help folks give better answers/suggestions.
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    Tarps are great for keeping water out, but they don't breathe. Damp air can't escape. You'll need to find some way of getting more ventilation in there.
  5. Ameraucanas

    Ameraucanas Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2015
    Good idea.
  6. willzpapa

    willzpapa Papa Santee

    Sep 26, 2015
    Hillbilly Heaven NC
    A small.fan up high for some ventilation

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