Coop Roof Design Question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Biddieacres, May 29, 2008.

  1. Biddieacres

    Biddieacres Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    What is the best way to get airflow for the chicks without causing a draft or making it too cold? Soffits or vents? We have the frame up for a 6x8 walk in coop and not sure what to do about the roof.
  2. k0xxx

    k0xxx Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    North Central Arkansas
    I can't tell you which is best, but I'm going with vents. I have mine framed also, and I'm getting ready to start the roof.

    I have absolutely no carpenter skills and this is my first project. I'm a bit nervous as to how it will turn out.

    Good luck. Be sure to post what you decide on and add a few pictures.

  3. countryboy

    countryboy Songster

    Oct 31, 2007
    just my opinion but with the area your in I would put gabel vents and block them in the winter.
  4. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    I would use vents that could be closed up in winter and are higher up near the roof. You can leave one or two small ones open in the winter for fresh air and add a heat lamp.
  5. professor-yellow

    professor-yellow Songster

    Mar 23, 2008
    In the various houses/coops i have built, I use a standard design of 6 feet wide, with a slant roof, with 6 inches difference between the frony and back wall.

    I leave that little wedge open at the top for good ventilation but not direct draft on th ebirds. In the winter if its too harsh, I staple woven poly feed bags over the openings.

    Workd like a champ! Inexpensive, and flexible.
  6. MermanMike

    MermanMike In the Brooder

    May 20, 2008
    Northeastern PA
    Professor Yellow...when you say "the little wedge at the front"...I'm not sure what you mean, could you explain what that is? Do you mean where the highest side of the roof meets the tallest wall, you do not seal? How big would the opening be?
  7. Biddieacres

    Biddieacres Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    Quote:OK sounds like vents are the way to go. We have extra soffit left over from our shed but sounds like it will be too drafty for the birds. We will post pictures soon and good luck with yours as well.

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