how much light needed into the coop? How much is too much?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chimera, Feb 29, 2016.

  1. chimera

    chimera New Egg

    Apr 23, 2013
    We are building a coop out of an old kid's wooden playset. One side will be a clean out door, and I need a ventilation/light window somewhere in the structure. We have an old door that is half windows that would fit about perfectly (cut down to half size), to make a clean out door WITH windows. Is nearly a full side made of windows too much light? Will the chickens feel safe with that much glass?

  2. Paganrose

    Paganrose Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2010
    Albany,, Wisconsin
    Ventilation means open airflow- not covered in glass. I believe the general rule is 1sq ft of ventilation per bird minimum.
    You can add more if you live in a warmer climate, or removable covers on parts for cold/inclement weather- but make sure to maintain the minimum ventilation. It should be in an area not to cause drafts on the birds.
  3. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2016
    Saint Louis, MO
    Well, mostly chickens should be only sleeping in their coop except in inclement weather, so they really only *need* enough natural light to tell them that it's morning. If you are in a northern climate, I suppose passive solar heating in the winter might be something else to use windows for.

    Ventilation is something altogether different, as Paganrose explained above.
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    If you've got enough ventilation, you may not need windows at all. Also, windows are an ineffective source of ventilation, especially if they must be kept closed during stormy, rainy weather.
    A big roof overhang, and lots of eave venting or leaving the upper portion of a few walls open with hardware cloth covering works well.
  5. ECBW

    ECBW Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2011
    Light is good. So adding that piece is good idea.
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2016
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Lots of light in coop is good, for both chooks and keeper.

    Top hinged windows that swing open to the outside,
    secured inside with hardware cloth against predators,
    can be left open in rainy weather for ventilation as well as light.

    Can depend on climate and site orientation too tho.
    Huge bank of windows on the south side of a coop with no shade in a hot climate could be a chicken killer.

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