How much ventilation?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Veacane, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. Veacane

    Veacane Hatching

    Jan 15, 2012
    Hi I just recently joined and have some questions.

    I'm planning on buliding a coop with a footprint of 4 1/2' by 5' with a sloping roof starting at 6 1/2' in the front by the door and lowering to 5' in the back above the nesting boxes. I live in northeast PA so we average about 85 degrees in the summer and 40 degrees in the winter. I'm looking to house 2-3 hens inside with a tilled dirt floor. I plan on including a heat lamp in my coop, but my biggest concern is ventilation, any tips?

    Thanks in advance, Zach
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2012

  2. La Mike

    La Mike (Always Slightly Off)

    Nov 20, 2009
    I would leave the slant line open fro the 0 point to the 6 1/2' point. Close that with hardware cloth and mak you a flap door to close it some in the winter if needed. That would give plenty of heat release for your coop.
  3. Veacane

    Veacane Hatching

    Jan 15, 2012
    thanks man
  4. dsfrango

    dsfrango Songster

    Sep 12, 2011
    Stafford Springs
    I agree with La MIke, slanted roof with vents between where the roof connects with the walls in the front and back. Try to keep roosts at least a foot away to prevent drafts from hitting ur sleeping chickens. And u don't absolutely need the heat unless you want it, the only thing it can hurt is ur electric bill:) haha. My chickens are doing just great here in ct where I'm sure it's colder than ur climate

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