Designing a Coop in a Cave

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by nevergiveup, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. nevergiveup

    nevergiveup Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, I'm new to chickens and new to the forum. We live in the cave dwellers area of Andalucia, Spain. With our windy winters and searingly hot summers we thought a cave for the chickens would be great to protect them. It will be re-enforced with concrete blocks and joists so it will be structurally sound, BUT if there is any reason anyone can think of that I shouldn't do it that way, i.e. ventilation, please let me know. Also if anyone out there has done it before or knows of a someone who has done it before, I would love some tips. Thanks !
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Ventilation would be my concern. It does seem like there should be a way to get around it, though. Perhaps simply a fan that sucks air out., across the ceiling, maybe. Both huidity and ammonia do need a way out, somehow.

    This article on ventilation is sort of a classic here. It was written by a Canadian a few years ago. Maybe it will somehow be helpful -- if you already found it, just excuse me!

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/...-go-out-there-and-cut-more-holes-in-your-coop
     
  3. flyboy129

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    Aren't caves notorious for having around 95-100% humidity?
     
  4. nevergiveup

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    Thanks for that info. I think I will leave a large double door opening in the front protected with a wire fence for the summer and make an insulated panel with a smaller ventilation opening to install in the cold, windy winters.
     
  5. nevergiveup

    nevergiveup Out Of The Brooder

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    Not the kind of cave you're imagining. Google caves in Spain if you're curious ! Thanks though !
     

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