Coop Ventilation

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Mountaineer, Oct 23, 2016.

  1. Mountaineer

    Mountaineer Out Of The Brooder

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    This will be my first winter with chickens. I have eight hens that are about 8 months old. I have my entire run and coop underneath a carport so rain and snow are not issues. My run is 8' x 15' and my coop is 4' deep x 8' long x 4' high. It is elevated so I can stand outside the coop and clean it. I have river sand in the run and in the coop so scooping poop is easy and I do it every day or every couple of days. Since the coop is under cover I did not put a solid roof on it but only hardware cloth. I also have a window on the long side about 2' long by 9" high and a window on one short side this is about 14" wide and 9" high. The winters here can get very cold...single digit cold. My question is, since I plan on covering the windows with plywood or plexi-glass, should I put a solid roof on the coop or leave it open for ventilation to reduce the chances of moisture accumulation and frost bite. The hen's heads are within a foot of the roof.
     
  2. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Hello there, and welcome to Backyard Chickens! So glad you could join us! I started a winter chicken keeping thread a few weeks ago, and it has a ton of knowledgeable members about winter chicken keeping, why don't you post your question there? Here is a link to it:https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...ks-for-coping-the-elements-with-your-chickens. Thanks for joining us, I hope you enjoy BYC as much as I have!
     
  3. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.
     
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, Mountaineer, and :welcome! Pleased you joined our community! CuzChickens gave you a great link to research. Best wishes! :)
     
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great links already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
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  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I would put a solid roof over the top for winter or they will be snowed in and flooded in spring in your rainy season. They don't need a totally open roof for ventilation. The solid roof, and some hardware cloth covered vents just beneath it for ventilation. I would also put lower roost for the birds don't have a draft blowing on them. You may want to check out the coops section or other advice or suggestions.
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  8. Mountaineer

    Mountaineer Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, but as I said snow and rain can't get to the coop since it's under a carport.
     

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