Coop Ventilation - Summer and Winter

Ac33iu

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Hi,

I was hoping to get a few opinions of a newly built coop. We live in new hampshire, so winters can be cold and long. That said, it still heats up in the summer. I want to have the proper amount of ventilation without letting the chickens get to hot or too cold. In the summer, we are able to open up the window to go along with the 4" vents tbat were installed. Please see photographs, do you think I should add more venting knowing the long cold winter months? Thanks!
 

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pkarkos

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Hi,

I was hoping to get a few opinions of a newly built coop. We live in new hampshire, so winters can be cold and long. That said, it still heats up in the summer. I want to have the proper amount of ventilation without letting the chickens get to hot or too cold. In the summer, we are able to open up the window to go along with the 4" vents tbat were installed. Please see photographs, do you think I should add more venting knowing the long cold winter months? Thanks!
I would probably recommend more ventilation and if you can, two larger vents across from each other. I had a coop that had a really big wire ventilation hole in the door and in the winter I screwed some plastic over it and the birds were fine in the winter. So you could always cover the larger vents with plastic or wood or something like that for the coldest months.
 

rosemarythyme

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Cold in winter is less deadly than heat in summer, so I'd definitely have enough ventilation in there to keep it reasonably comfortable in summer.

That said, ventilation still needs to stay open in winter - lets moist air escape, so birds can stay dry and keep themselves warm. Recommended minimum is 1 sq ft per bird year round.
 

aart

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Well 1 super obvious place that you can put a lot of ventilation... the wall facing inside the run. The roof should provide good climate protection for that wall.
Ditto Dat!!

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