Coop ventilation?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Pezcork, Apr 17, 2016.

  1. Pezcork

    Pezcork Out Of The Brooder

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    Coop's almost done. Its approximately 5'x5' and 3' tall. It will house six chickens to start. As you can see the top is vented on the sides and in the front. I calculate about 6 sqft of venting. I'm in Greensboro, NC.

    Do I need to add more vents at the bottom or will this suffice? I'm worried about my girls getting hot but the other end of the spectrum is that lower vents will be more prone to letting weather in. Just looking for a little guidance. Thanks in advance.

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  2. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your vents are ideal. For best ventilation the vents should be placed above where your hens roost. This way the air can flow in but the chickens are not directly hit with a breeze.
     
  3. Pezcork

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    Thank you for the reply! I'll refrain from adding more vents unless the girls start to look hot.
     
  4. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you do, simply remove the wall from one side, or perhaps create a flap you can open and close, covered with hardware cloth. Choose the side with the gentlest weather, I opened the East side of my coop for the summer.
     
  5. ECBW

    ECBW Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It seems the coop stands 3 feet tall counting the stilts. The coop itself has much lower walls.
     
  6. Pezcork

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    The stilts stand about 5' tall. The front of the coop with the entrance is 3' from top to bottom including the screened in portion.
     
  7. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The height does not matter, just be sure to cover your vents with hardware cloth. Looks great!
     
  8. ECBW

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    I see. If it is not too far along. You might want increase the interior volume, namely wall height.

    As is now, there is not much head room above the roost, unless you keep the roost so low thAt chickens need to duck to go under.

    The stilts do not need to be 3ft high. 2 would be plenty.
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Height does matter......especially when it comes to ventilation.

    Here's my theory on the 'stack up' aspect to coop design:
    Bottom of pop door should be about 8" above floor so bedding doesn't get dragged out of coop.
    Nice to have bottom of nests about 18" above bedding to allow use of that floor space under them(doesn't count if your nests are mounted on outside of coop).
    Roosts should be about 12" higher than nests so birds won't roost(sleep) in nests and poop in them, if you use poop boards under roosts it will also 'stretch' your floor space.
    Upper venting should be as high as possible above roosts so no strong drafts hit roosts in winter...and hot/moist air and ammonia can rise and exit coop.
     
  10. Pezcork

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    Well, I guess I built my coop too short. Hopefully my chickens don't die of frost this winter as their heads will be about level with the bottom of the vent when they sit on the roosts. I saw all those shorty prebuilt coops and assumed mine would be giant compared to them. Shows what I know.
     

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