Fans for cooling

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by fc, Sep 25, 2010.

  1. fc

    fc Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 24, 2010
    I'm new to chickens. It gets really hot and sticky in SC. I'm wondering if a ceiling fan in my coop would be good for the chickens? Thoughts?
  2. franklinchickens

    franklinchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2010
    Franklin, TN
    Not having had a ceiling fan, I can't say for sure but I'd worry about a chicken jumping up and getting caught in it. We have a fan in ours that is set up on a ledge, and it's one that has a cover on it. We made sure to get one that even if they stuck a beak in it, it wouldn't touch the blades. Perhaps it's just me being paranoid but all I could see was lopped off body parts! We mounted a little shelf up in the corner and wired in a space for an extension cord. Then I put an ice pack behind it overnight while it is running. Seems to work pretty well.
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    My chicken house is 3 feet off the ground on stilts. It has small screened windows. It has a screened entrance (to keep mosquitos out) and I placed a small garage type fan with the fan base setting on a cinderblock on the outside of the entrance to their house. I turn it down to low speed at night. During the day, I pull the screen back to the entrance and turn the fan to high works great, keeping a gentle breeze blowing through their house night and day.
  4. fc

    fc Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 24, 2010
    Do your birds ever get near the fan to keep cool, or do they ignore it?
    I wonder how much heat they can handle before they die? I know large combs help with cooling. My brother in TX has Rhode Island Reds that tolerate TX heat, but I have Welsummer, Sussex, and Penedesca.
    Thanks for the responses.
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2010
  5. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I considered one and decided too many things could go wrong, and went with a box fan. One of my excellent decisions. I have it blowing out the downwind side of the coop.

    Box fans are cheap and we just mount it up high with a couple of screws so it's easy to replace. They burns out or wear out in a few months, so this part is very convenient. And the moving parts can't hurt the chickens.

    There is always the danger of fire. I have a metal coop and leave the pop door open, so hopefully at least the chickens would get out. Had a very destructive house fire in the family a few months ago. Probable cause: faulty ceiling fan. So maybe I'm prejudiced. Not that a box fan couldn't cause a fire, of course.
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