DIY ac for the coop.

Discussion in 'DIY / Self Sufficiency' started by brinda t, Aug 18, 2013.

  1. brinda t

    brinda t Out Of The Brooder

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    Made this ac for my chicken coop. Great for brodie hens in the nesting box. Cost 9 bucks to make it. Works pretty good for 9 bucks!
     
  2. CosmoTheRooster

    CosmoTheRooster Out Of The Brooder

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    I just had an old window unit laying around, put it to use! My flock never gets too cold or warm.

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  3. npb3100

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    thats really cool!!! may have to think about this when i get my chickens next spring..
     
  4. CosmoTheRooster

    CosmoTheRooster Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! It helps a lot during peak months in summer and winter.
     
  5. npb3100

    npb3100 New Egg

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    welcome!!! Im really considering it.
     
  6. TXchickmum

    TXchickmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The AC thing might be what I'm looking for. I worry so about the gals when they're on the nest mid-day in 100 degree heat. Also, I have a bantam hen that I adore, but she is incessantly broody. I've had her indoors in a huge crate during the day for about four weeks now. I love her to death, but do NOT want birds indoors. -have wondered if a small AC would work well, or if it would use a lot of energy (especially in an 8 x 12 coop that isn't insulated). -very nice coop setup, by the way.
     
  7. CosmoTheRooster

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    Thanks, my coop is not insulated. It does not take up a lot of energy, it works well in the summer. I haven't tested the heating part yet(Not cold enough). If you do use a window unit, make sure it's in the window snug, so it does not vibrate.
     
  8. boxofpens

    boxofpens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You will probably need to clean it often as well. We have 2 window units in our barn for our dairy cows and have to clean them 1/wk. The A/C gets them out of the 100+ degree weather here in TX during the peak heat of the summer, our cows are a lot less fussy and a lot less destructive. Both units cost less than $50/month (for both) to run in a 16x20 room. Milk production decreases when cows are heat stressed. I'm not sure about egg production. Our chickens did fine with a fan on low in the evenings. Chickens are much more dusty than cows (a least ours are) so I would imagine you would have to clean the window unit for a coop quite often to keep it from freezing up.
     

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