Higher humidity (80%+) in the coop when it rains, snows, or it's damp out?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Dillychick, Oct 16, 2019.

  1. Dillychick

    Dillychick Chirping

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    So I added an additional vent on one of the shed coop gables. I have an enclosed run which I close at night. I am still leaving the pop door open since it's still above 50 degrees most nights. I close the windows and the main door depending on conditions. l've read optimal range for humidity reading is between 30 to 70%. I'm so worried about this humidity thing. I clean up after the 7 hens and 2 roos daily. They have pine shavings and pdz in the coop. Tonight at around 7 p.m. when I went out to lock 'em up, they were all in their roosts, after 6 hours of steady downpour the humidity was 76%. I'm using a
    ASX Design SUKRAGRAHA Mini Digital Temperature Humidity Meter Gauge Thermometer Hygrometer LCD Degree Fahrenheit (F) Display Black
    Sold by: AM_store for $7.49 bought from Amazon.

    So again, thanks for your patience, indulgence, and advice. upload_2019-10-4_10-14-45.png
     
  2. 21hens-incharge

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    One thing to know is that you will not get the humidity lower than what it is outside.

    Check what the humidity is outside the coop too.

    I don't need precise readings so I use the cheap ones from Home Depot. They give me a close ballpark reading. Actually more accurate than I expected.

    I know it is stressful when we are told keep the moisture low and we are at mother nature's mercy.
     
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  3. Dillychick

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    THANK YOU!!! I will definitely sleep better.
     
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    You're welcome.

    I try to keep my inside humidity close to what the outside is.
    If I am 10% or more above the outside I look for a reason.....
    Have I cleaned the poop up?
    Did a water dish get spilled?
    Do I have a roof leak?
    Are the windows needing opened?
    Did a vent get blocked?
    Do I have enough vents?

    Just logical stuff.
     
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  5. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    X2.

    And in general.... most coops don't have enough ventilation, especially when windows are closed.

    By "enclosed run" do you mean roofed?

    A run that is roofed is great since then the coop wall that is sheltered by the run roof, can have huge open windows and still not run a risk of rain blowing into the coop.
     
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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Coop needs ventilation 24/7/365.
    Pics of your coop, inside and out, would help us help you.
     
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