Is an open pop door enough ventilation?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mommabird, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. mommabird

    mommabird In the Brooder

    Apr 6, 2012
    Freeland, MD
    Hi there, I know there are several threads about cold weather and I tried reading through some of them but didn't really see an answer to my question. What I'm wondering is leaving the pop door open 24/7 (it leads into a secure, enclosed run) enough ventilation? It is getting into single digits overnight for us right now and, while I know the chickens do well in the cold, I'm still worried about them getting too cold overnight. I have several other vents around the coop that I could open but I thought if I kept those closed it might be just a bit warmer in there. I use the deep litter method also to try to help with warmth but with little ventilation will this cause more of a problem with increased condensation or possible respiratory issues?

    I've attached a pic of my coop, taken over the summer, so that you can see where the vents are (the vent all the way to the right is directly next to where they roost). There are no vents on the side that faces into the run, just the pop door which you can see in my profile pic.


    Sorry if these are silly questions, this is my first winter with a flock.

    Thanks for any advice.

  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Songster

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    I would close your pop up door at night to avoid drafts and open at least some of your vents. Ventilation is important, even in cold.
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hot air rises, so keep a vent open near the top of the coop to let the poop fumes escape.
  4. JackE

    JackE Crowing

    Apr 26, 2010
    North Eastern Md.
    The pop door is not enough ventilation. At least open that big vent opposite the roosts. You really need to get fresh air in there. I'm in MD myself, this morning it was 14 out there. The birds are doing fine. Check out the pic below, the front is wide open, year round.

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