Coop suggestions for consistently hot weather?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Wildroses986, May 19, 2009.

  1. Wildroses986

    Wildroses986 New Egg

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    I live in Tucson, Arizona and the vast majority of the year it is very warm here. It has a tendency to be very humid and stormy during the months of late June through the end of August. The winters are pretty mild with very few days approaching freezing.

    Does anyone have experience with a successful coop design for a climate like this? I'm wondering if it's still the best idea to fully enclose the coop, considering that if it's enclosed it may be just too hot for the hens to want to be in there, even with windows.

    Are there any 3 sided designs that are suitable?

    Any advice would be great, I really have no idea what I'm doing and I'm concerned about not having the proper housing for a future flock.
     
  2. DarkWolf

    DarkWolf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Go with a three walled coop and ensure that the open wall faces away from where the prevailing rains blow from so that the coop does not get wet inside. The high side of the roof should be at the open wall to allow for convection of air.
     
  3. Rusty's Ranch

    Rusty's Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ArizonaDesertChicks have a great three walled design. What are you going to do to prevent snakes from stealing your eggs?
     
  4. chickens3

    chickens3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    snakes will steal your eggs so you need to think of some way so they dont steal them.
     
  5. Wildroses986

    Wildroses986 New Egg

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    The plan so far is to have the coop and the run totally enclosed, including burying the wire in a trench dug around the run support posts. I also am considering elevating the floor by placing the coop corner posts into cinder blocks with concrete and building the floor of the coop up off the ground. I'm not sure yet how much if any height is needed for the coop elevation if the run is enclosed.

    I'll look around the member list and see if anyone else is on here from Tucson and see what they do. There is also a Chicken Coop Tour this weekend so if I can make it to that I'll get some ideas there too.

    Thanks!
     
  6. kycklingmamma

    kycklingmamma Chillin' With My Peeps

    We have an A-Frame coop with horse panels for walls instead of solid walls and it works great with our very hot and humid weather.
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    kycklingmamma
     
  7. Bosque

    Bosque Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What side of town is the coop tour? That sounds really fun. If you go, will you let us know what you see!

    Bosque
    (Moving to Tucson in July)
     
  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Quote:Sure, but you needn't stop at 3-sided... there's a bunch of people on here in your sort of climate who do well with an even more open design than that. All you really need is some sort of sheltered area for cold or windy/rainy days, and the rest of the coop can be basically mesh-walled otherwise. The more shade you can provide, obviously, the better -- either from trees, structure such as roof, or shadecloth.

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     
  9. mediazeal

    mediazeal Chillin' With My Peeps

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