Eglu Go coop for the tropics.. ventilation issues?

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  1. Troika

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    Hi,

    I live in the tropics with year round temperatures above 30C and humidity above 90%. I have 3 barneys and 2 LF Orps who are about 5 weeks old now.

    I got an Eglu Go coop but after assembling it, felt that it would be awfully stuffy inside. So, I removed the outer green panels in the hope that there would be better circulation.

    I haven’t seen any condensation in the mornings as yet but it could be that I still have them housed in the Eglu in my living room!

    If anyone here has any experience using the Eglu Go in a hot and humid climate, please share if your chooks like it and if anything is compromised by leaving the side panels off.

    The birds are let out to roam all day so the coop is purely for their night sleep.

    Thanks for any input.
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Well, yeah...is your house air conditioned?
    Condensation forms when the outer surface is colder than the inner surface.
    No condensation does not always mean good ventilation.

    Is this the coop you have?:
    https://www.omlet.us/shop/chicken_keeping/modern_chicken_coop_eglu_go/

    It's too small for 5 birds, IMO.

    Curious what this looks like, can you post some pics of it?
     
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  3. Troika

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  4. Troika

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  5. Troika

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    Yes the Eglu Go is what I have. Pics show the panels removed. And yes my living room is air conditioned for most part of the evening till 9pm but not overnight. The granite floor keeps the place cool till the next day.

    My birds are 5 weeks old now so they seem to fit in without a problem.

    Reason I’m asking for advice is i’m undecided as whether to get a second Eglu go to accommodate all 5 when they get bigger, or get a solway smart hen house to fit all of them in.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Thanks for the pics......
    Not sure how much that might improve ventilation, maybe a tiny bit, might give you rain infiltration issues tho.

    That one is a bit bigger, so better...but still not big enough.
    Can't believe they suggestion putting 8-12 birds in there, well typical manufacturers 'lies'.
    At least that one has the option of lifting the lid to ventilate.
    Sorry, am not a fan of tiny plastic coops.

    Hopefully you have lots of shade in a predator proof enclosure to augment the small coops.

    Where in this world are you located?
    Climate, and time of year, is almost always a factor.
    Please add your general geographical location to your profile.
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  7. rosemarythyme

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    In a tropical area I would think an open style coop would be best to combat heat and humidity, something completely open on 2 or 3 sides, maybe with tarps or shade cloth that could be rolled down for rain, with solid sides facing prevailing wind direction.

    Maybe I'm blind but I can't see any real ventilation in those photos.
     
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  8. Troika

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    Sorry still exploring actually interacting on the site instead of just gleaning info.

    Done the add into my profile. I’m in Singapore. We’re land scarce, hot and humid.
     
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  9. Troika

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    This is a pic fr the inside with the back panel removed.
     

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  10. Troika

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    Would an open style coop be able to:

    1. Keep light out past sunrise (otherwise the Roos will crow and my neighbour 2m away will have lots to say)

    2. Keep rats, snakes and civet cats out.

    3. Be rain proof

    I don’t have the luxury of acres of land. Mine is truly a backyard plot of say 6m x 3m for the chooks. They do get to run the rest of the garden when I’m watching that they don’t destroy everything or eat anything toxic.

    I know folks are gonna say 5 birds are too many in a small areas like that. Will prob have to part with some of the boys... still waiting on the barnevelders to declare themselves.. maybe I will post for help on sexing them... cos the suspense is killing me.

    Thanks all for the help.
     

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