Finally finished my 12 x 12 coop / dog house

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Kadjain, Feb 14, 2016.

  1. Kadjain

    Kadjain Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The door on the side is for the dog house part
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    These doors are rooms for injured birds. The rooms are dark to keep them calm, small and no roosts to keep birds from re-injuring themselves
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    This door goes back to the dog house area
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    Looking out from the dog house area
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  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Well done! Looks like you have done a thorough job with your coop and i love the sick bays! Maybe i can't see from the photos, but do you have any ventilation?

    I'm sure you flock will be as happy as a pig in ****!

    CT
     
  3. Kadjain

    Kadjain Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you!

    There is some ventilation that you can't see but I am going to add more and need to add vents in the med bays which are things I plan to do tomorrow.
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Where you are, you are going to need lots more ventilation. Lack of ventilation will make the coop way too warm in the summer, and way too damp in the winter. Without enough ventilation, frostbite and respiratory illness will be problems.
     
  5. Kadjain

    Kadjain Chillin' With My Peeps

    Don't worry, I am adding more tomorrow but there is a lot of ventilation already. The roost floors don't go to the wall so all the air coming in from the dog door gets circulated throughout the entire coop also the chicken door is open and the corrugated plastic isn't sealed so all those open grooves are venting air from the 6ft from to the 8ft back
     
  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    The thing is, ammonia and moisture rise, so in order for ventilation to be effective, it needs to up above roosting height. If the ventilation isn't clearly visible from all those pictures, you don't have enough.
     
  7. Kadjain

    Kadjain Chillin' With My Peeps

    GOOD GRIEF!!! Did you miss the two other posts where I said I was going to work on the ventilation today? Which is what I was doing today and will continue tomorrow. I just wanted to show the basic finished coop. But let me explain what ventilation it already has since it seems there are some serious ventilation panicking Nazi's here. On the walls behind the back of the roost area there is a 3.5 inch gap that runs the length of the back wall (So that's 12 ft x 3.5 inches) which allows fresh air from the 20" x 20" dog door to circulate through the coop and exit out through the spaces of the corrugated plastic roofing which is above the roost at the highest part of the coop. I put vents in the medical bays today which also has a 3.5 inch gap running 12 ft wall. It's not a ton of ventilation but I think it is enough for the small number of birds I'm housing in it currently. And let me say again again that I was working on the ventilation today and will continue to work on it tomorrow which is when I will finish the ventilation part but still have some finishing touches like finishing the ventilation, eves over the dog and chicken doors and nest boxes. So let me say it once more, the ventilation is being worked on and I'll post proof pics tomorrow.

    P.S. I'm working on the ventilation
     
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  8. Kadjain

    Kadjain Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ventilation installed.
    North side. The vents on the bottom go to the med rooms
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    Back side. The vent in the middle has a fan inside that will blow the hot air out in the 115 degree weather we get. The single lower vent goes to the dog house.
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    South side.
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    Inside the north side
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    Inside the med rooms. Vents on bottom to allow air to circulate up through the slotted doors.
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    Inside the backside with the 9" fan visible
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    Floor vent in the dog house area to allow cool air from underneath to come up and help with the 115 degree days we get. I built that cover so the dogs wont step on it and break or rip out claws.
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    Is this enough ventilation? (serious question not trying to be a smart alec)
     
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2016
  9. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Great job! I know it seems like we sound like the ventilation natzis, but ventilation is just so important to the health of a flock. And many new chicken owners seriously underestimate the amount of venting that they need to put in. I would just hate to have you start posting in emergencies/diseases/illnesses and cures because of something preventable.
     
  10. Kadjain

    Kadjain Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks for the explanation but I already knew how important it was and it just seemed stupid that people kept bringing it up after I said I was already planning on putting it in. Maybe they didn't believe me or whatever but I figured the small amount of chickens would be fine in a new fresh coop with a bit of ventilation already for 1-2 nights while I was working on finishing the ventilation. Or maybe they think I wasn't planning on doing it and the only reason I put it in is cause they scolded me about. If that's the case then convincing them of my side will probably be like trying to explain the earth is round to a bunch of know it alls.
     
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