How much ventilation?

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

  1. Veacane

    Veacane New Egg

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    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
    louisiana
    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 New Egg

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    thanks man
     
  4. dsfrango

    dsfrango Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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