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Is it a draft or ventilation?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by TwoCrows, May 27, 2011.

  1. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    During these summer months, is an open window in the coop next to the roost bar ventilation or a draft?
     
  2. GiddyMoon

    GiddyMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you are in New Mexico you will need more than an open window during the summer. Coops built with 4 walls can get hot enough to cook a chicken inside. Do a search for open air coop or open air chicken houses..that will help a lot.
     
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    It's all a form of ventilation. In warm weather, a breeze blowing directly on the birds would be good. But in cold weather, that same breeze (except icy this time) would be harmful - a draft. So really what differentiates drafts from good ventilation is temperature, at least in simple terms.
    Does that kind of help???
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Quote:This is the information I was interested in knowing! My coop is in under a covered area and does not get too much hotter than the outside temp. (I am up at 7,000 feet and we don't cook like the desert areas of this state.) So of course, being in New Mexico, we cool down quickly, and so does the coop. But I have been wanting to open this particular window next to their roost for a while but wasn't sure if this was too much of a draft. I thought that it was warm enough that it was more ventilation than a draft, so you have helped me greatly!!

    I am going out now to get them all tucked in bed and I will leave this window open. [​IMG] Thanks so much!
     
    Last edited: May 27, 2011

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