Coop ventilation in winter

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ahirbe, Jan 14, 2015.

  1. ahirbe

    ahirbe New Egg

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    I am new to the chicken game and just built a coop about 5x3x5 (L x W x H) I have installed 4 4"x12" vents in the sofet of the roof and I'm sure it's not air tight...do you guys think that is sufficient for 4-5 hens?[​IMG]
     
  2. WNCcluck

    WNCcluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depending on where you live you may or may not have enough ventilation. Air flow is important to keep the moisture down. Moisture and heat are generally not good friends with chickens. They can take all sorts of cold ... if the air is dry enough.

    I can't see more than four hens in your coop. That assumes they'll have more space in their run.

    Where are you geographically? Coldest / hottest temps in your area? Wet / rainy issues to deal with?

    Most of all, welcome to Chickenland! We're glad you're here!
     
  3. ahirbe

    ahirbe New Egg

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    I live in Kansas city, typically 30s in the winter with dips lower, the summer can be in the 90s with high humidity. I have the summer plan down, a removable window 2x3.5 and the door being open to the run. the run is 6x20
     
  4. WNCcluck

    WNCcluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If your winters are that mild, you should be ingood shape if you can keep the moisture at bay.

    Good luck. I'm thankful we rarely see 90* around here!
     
  5. Eagleeyeice

    Eagleeyeice Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've been in this discussion before. YOU NEED TO SAY WHERE YOU ARE FROM, or no one will know how to help you. Even though in your post you do say, in your LOCATION would be best.
     
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  6. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Always better to have too much, rather than too little ventilation.

    You have about 1 1/3 square feet, great for 1 or 2 birds...

    Questionable for more.

    Start with this link on ventilation.

    Hope it helps.
     
  7. ahirbe

    ahirbe New Egg

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    Ok am I calculating sq ft wrong...I have 15 sq ft of floor space and it is also 5 ft tall so at 3sq ft per bird I should be able to house 4 right?
     
  8. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    You are calculating square footage of floor space, not ventilation.
    4"x12" = 48 x 4 = 192 square inches for ventilation.

    1 square foot = 144 square inches

    192 / 144 = 1.33 square feet of ventilation

    Start with this link on ventilation.

    Hope this helps
     
  9. ahirbe

    ahirbe New Egg

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    Ok thanks everyone, I'm adding more ventilation as we speak, I was hoping I did my homework for the size of the coop for my chickens but I forgot about the ventilation sq ftage req.
     

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