Has anyone ever heard of using an AC unit in a chicken coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by KWGypsyChickenGirl, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. KWGypsyChickenGirl

    KWGypsyChickenGirl Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 17, 2008
    I've heard of heated coops, but I live in Key West, Fl, and I was thinking about sound proofing my coop, although in the summer that would most definitely fry my chickens. I was having trouble with some neighbors a few months ago, so my rooster has been staying at the wildlife center where I volunteer since August. The evil people have finally moved out, and I would love to bring my roo home, but I would still like to try to keep him silent, at least at night. I love my boy, and his crow, but others don't seem to feel the same. So, has anyone ever heard of a tiny AC unit that can be used in a coop. The dimensions of my coop are 3'x4'x5'. It wouldn't have to keep it freezing, just cool enough to where my chicks would be comfortable, and not baking in their house. I really want to get Diego back as soon as possible, but until I figure some things out, I'm afraid he'll have to stay at the wildlife center. Thanks in advance to any creative answers I may receive! [​IMG]
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    My friend has an A/C unit in her coop, but the temps in summer go to about 115. The A/C keeps it under 90. Unless you have those temps, I wouldnt consider it. It probably wouldn't be healthy for them.
  3. I would have to agree. The constant on and off of cool air and the fan blowing would be a problem. I would not insulate a chicken coop.

    I use fans in the nursery (a 16 x 10 port. ) and have up to 4 of them. One in the rafter, one for each window and one for the big bodied birds (if I have them) on the floor next to thier part of the nursery.

    The other fans do not blow on the chickens. I have three sections. The babies, the 4 to 8 week olds and the big bodies. I usualy only use the two. The big bodied chickens will harm the others becuase the can smother them.

    The place doubles as a workshop and storage place. I have gotten pretty elaborate with this. A timer runs heat lamps in the spring and fall. The timer is then used for the fans in the summer.

    I have a photo electric dawn to dusk switch for an oil/electric heater in the winter. The heat lamps in each section are on all the time in the winter. In the winter months; The coop is sectioned out with hanging heavy moving blankets to keep the heat in for that section (10x8).

    I do this in case I do not get home in time. It can get pretty hot or cold in there. The birds seem to really like it. It is easy to clean and all the supplies I need for them are housed there.
  4. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    A/C is not a good idea in my opinion, I live in a state where the DEVIL lives and makes the weather, Oklahoma. I use a small box fan set on low during the 110 degree summer days, and I turn it off after egg collection at 5:00 pm. it seems to just take the edge off of the heat, and the birds like it. But A/C is a little over the top and could be harmful if your birds come and go as they please from coop to run, hot /cold often.
  5. TheNewMrsEvans

    TheNewMrsEvans Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 15, 2008
    Big Sur, CA
    As long as you have vents at the highest points and some on both sides for flow though, just use a fan. I also strung up a tarp about a foot off the top of my short little coop so the sun hit that and didn't directly heat the coop. AC would probably just make them sick...
  6. Trollkiller

    Trollkiller Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 26, 2008
    Lake Como, Fl. 32157
    I don't see a problem if you direct the airflow across the ceiling so it is not blowing directly on the birds. Keep the thermostat high (90°+) so there is no big "shock" when they come in from outside.
  7. Trollkiller

    Trollkiller Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 26, 2008
    Lake Como, Fl. 32157
    Looking at the dimensions of your coop an A/C would be a bit of overkill. In that small of a space you would have to defuse the air coming out of the A/C a lot.

    You won't need to fully sound proof the coop to reach your objective. If you reduced the noise by 70% you should be good.

    Rethink your sound needs with the 70% in mind and you should be able to cool the coop with a couple of vents and an exhaust fan.

  8. jubylives

    jubylives Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2007
    Central Iowa
    I have two fans in my coop on each end. I run one pushing air in and the other pushing the air out. Just a thought.

  9. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    A small camper AC unit would work hooked to a thermostat but I would just sink an old car radiator in the ground an duct air threw it from the coop. That would cool a small coop pretty well.
  10. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    i have a small fan that i hang from the ceiling..it circulates the air just enough for them.

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