Keeping a coop cool. How do I do this?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by WagarFamilyFarm, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. WagarFamilyFarm

    WagarFamilyFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 4 windows in the coop but the chickens still seem to be warm. Is there a way to fix this?

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    Last edited: Jul 18, 2008
  2. Sugar Sand Farm

    Sugar Sand Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could try putting a fan in one of the windows. Last year thats what we did.
     
  3. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I parked my coop under some trees for the summer and all my windows face north. I also insulated the coop walls and roof.
     
  4. Year of the Rooster

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    I thought of an idea for my coop that I will be building in the near future. You could make a small wire box/cage and put in in a corner or even in the middle of the coop. Then you can put ice packs or anything else cool in the cage. Make sure its wire 1. so that cold air gets out and 2. so that the chickens could lay next to it if they get to hot. Have some way to open so you can change the ice or cooling object [​IMG]
     
  5. Jayare's Chicks

    Jayare's Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try cutting 2 holes out on 2 different sides and put up some chicken wire or hardware cloth to cover the holes so they get some ventilation. If you did that on 2 oppisite sides you may get a crossbreeze going through there to cool them off and save the wood you cut out and attatch them with hinges so you could close them up in the winter so they dont get too cold.

    Hope that helps or gives you some ideas.

    Jayare
     
  6. SpeckledHills

    SpeckledHills Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found that despite having windows/openings in our coops, not enough breeze and cooling actually reached the chickens until we added ventilation openings near the floor. The wire shelves from an old refrigerator are a sturdy and cheap way to predator-proof the openings (Painting the wire black makes it easier to see into the coop, if you'd like to).
     
  7. SpeckledHills

    SpeckledHills Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Some people use pop bottles of water that they pop into the freezer for re-cooling. I like your idea of putting the cooling-item in a cage to keep it clean. Hey--maybe it would also work to insert it in inside a grocery sack and knot it closed... But maybe the chickens would tear at the bag?? Or there'd be risk of accidental suffocation???
     
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  8. fowlwoman1

    fowlwoman1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I came up with putting a milk jug and pop bottle full of water inside a kitty litter pail to keep them clean. I've only used this method for one day and never saw any chickens sitting by it, but I did happen to get twice as many eggs as the day before....
     
  9. Beekissed

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    I opened a large window opposite my other large windows for the cross breeze mentioned above. I also insulated my coop with heavy cardboard. I put ice in my waterer on real hot days. I do this for the dogs also. Maybe extra ventilation at the top of the coop, as heat moves up?
     
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