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Enough ventilation for my new coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mommawolf, Sep 25, 2016.

  1. mommawolf

    mommawolf Out Of The Brooder

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    I just finished my coop that is 6X6 and 4' high inside. It has a double decker nesting area with easy access from the outside with doors that lift. I also have "french doors" on one side for easy cleaning, a 2'x1' window that is screened and of course the coop exit with planck. So here is the question, I have approx. 3" high x 3' wide screened ventat the very top of the coop, that does not close shut. Should I cut another vent area for the winter time? It has been so hot that we leave the screened window open so they don't cook! I keep hearing so many thoughts on the vents and would really, really appreciate some straight up thoughts before it gets to dare cold. We live in the north mountain area of GA.
    Thank y'all>>>>> that's kind of new for me..... LOL
     
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    Pictures will help, but it sounds to me as though you will need LOTS more ventilation all year. Mary
     
  3. mommawolf

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    I leave the Windows and doors open during the day and the 2'x 1' open at night as its screened . so do you think I should rige it so it stays open a few inches at night or should I still drill #6 - 2" holes at the top of the coop on all 4 sides and screen them? Thanks for replying so quickly.
     
  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    Big openings are best, with hardware cloth well secured. Two inch holes hardly count! You could have a three sided shed, with hardware cloth, and do fine. aart has some good links to an article about coop ventilation, get a look. Mary
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    ETA totally misread OP

    Really need pics.

    Ventilation article linked in my signature.
     
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  6. mommawolf

    mommawolf Out Of The Brooder

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    the measurements are 3" x 6' not 33". LOL I can see where that would be confusing. The ventilation runs across the length of the very top on one side. I was thinking I could just crack the window across from that ventalation a couple inches. That window is 2' wide x 1' deep.
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I totally misread your post saw it as 3' x 3'.. when it was actually 3" high x 3' wide.......then typed it as 33" SMH.
    We've both got it all screwed up.

    Pics would help.
     
  8. mommawolf

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    What fun would life be if we couldn't laugh at each other once in awhile! So I'm just going to drill #5 - 2" holes across the opposite side from the current ventilation area and screen them. I think that should do it just fine. Thanks for the reply and the chuckle.
     
  9. hungry hunter

    hungry hunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    While I'm not sure if you NEED more ventilation, but it surely can't hurt. It's been my philosophy that in the South, the more ventilation the better. I have built a couple of coops here in Texas and I have at least 18" of hardware cloth around the tops of both of them.

    I did cut some pieces of wood that I would screw on the north side of the coop during winter months to cut down on the cold drafts coming through, but I'm not sure that was necessary.
     
  10. Daox13

    Daox13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I have a question... I'm planning on having two removable windows backed by hardware cloth on the coop itself so I can close show under extreme cold and extreme weather. I was also going to install these 4.5" up top by the roof 4 on 3 sides... suggestions?[​IMG]
     
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