Help!! Ventilation problem?

BYC910

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The only things I see wrong with this coop are the roostig pole pipe which has already been addressed and the roof overhang over the run .The problem there is blowing rain can blow right in the coop.That could be the reason for the damp straw. The back should be fine, the roof pitch puts the rear fascia board lower than the coop wall .The roof pitch and over hang put the fascia board above the front or run wall . I would add baffle boards six inchs from the front wall to stop rain and snow from blowing over the wall.
 

aart

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I just updated my profile. I live in west Lafayette, so NW Indiana.
Did you scroll down and hit 'save'?

Make sure it is accurate. Hygrometers are notoriously inaccurate out of the box.
You can put it outside out of the sun or wind and see if the reading is close to what the weather channel or accuweather are citing for your current humidity.
..or you could use the salt test:
https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/testing-calibrating-incubator-thermometers-and-hygrometers.73634/

That is correct, but if you look at the pictures closely, you will see that the pop door doesn't actually have a door.
It probably should have a door tho, cause that chicken wire is not predator proof.

.The problem there is blowing rain can blow right in the coop.
Hmmm...maybe....would have to be blowing pretty darn hard...something to check out tho. Extending the fascia down lower would cure that.
 

jessshell

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That is correct, but if you look at the pictures closely, you will see that the pop door doesn't actually have a door. It's just a nice, large sized lower vent opening the chickens can enter and exit the coop. No "door" on it.
it has a door, but we did it internally with a pully system. it just makes it easier to lock them in at night and let them out in the morning.
 

jessshell

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Did you scroll down and hit 'save'?

..or you could use the salt test:
https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/testing-calibrating-incubator-thermometers-and-hygrometers.73634/

It probably should have a door tho, cause that chicken wire is not predator proof.

Hmmm...maybe....would have to be blowing pretty darn hard...something to check out tho. Extending the fascia down lower would cure that.
No, it didn't save should be updated now. and I'll extend the fascia this weekend. As for the door, we do close it at night. does that mean the ventilation isn't good at night? should i add one more vent? the easier place for me to put the vent would be on the large human door because that's the only place we haven't insulated yet.
 

aart

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No, it didn't save should be updated now. and I'll extend the fascia this weekend. As for the door, we do close it at night. does that mean the ventilation isn't good at night? should i add one more vent? the easier place for me to put the vent would be on the large human door because that's the only place we haven't insulated yet.
It's good now!
Louvered vents in door would help...maybe one low and one high.
Something like this:
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Construction-Metals-16-in-x-8-in-Galvanized-Steel-Louvered-Soffit-Vent-FOV168G/202092820
 

imnukensc

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it has a door, but we did it internally with a pully system. it just makes it easier to lock them in at night and let them out in the morning.
Ahhhh...........nice set up for the pop door. It wasn't apparent in the first pictures. I would add the louvered vents as aart suggested to the big human access/clean out door.
 

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