1. Daddysbaby1

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    We are planning on purchasing a metal shed for a coop, will be adding a couple of windows for ventilation, Are metal coops okay?
     
  2. I'm using a metal coop for my adult chickens right now. One thing I notice is the tempature doesn't stay consistent. So I don't suggest putting chicks in there when they're still sensitive. My adult birds are fine with it, I haven't had any issues thus far. I've had it since last October.
     
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  3. Foster's Freehold

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    The thing about metal coops is the temperature issues. It gets very very hot, it gets very very cold. Both of those, unless you have some sincere ventilation, can be the cause of heat stroke or frostbite and respiratory issues.

    If you are going to use a metal building, you need lots and lots and lots of ventilation. Since chicken breath and poo gives off so much moisture, you have to have the ventilation to get it out of the coop. If you don't, you get condensation and wet birds. Wet birds are not good in the winter.

    In the summer, it gets like an oven. Every surface you touch is burning hot. Even at night when temps are cooler, you can end up with chickens having heat issues.

    To combat the design issues, you can insulate parts of it, add lots of ventilation in a flow pattern for your interior lay out, grow climbing vines over it, plant shade trees around it, use water for evaporative cooling in the summer.
     
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  4. Daddysbaby1

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    We will be insulating it, putting in two 24 by 24 windows, it has vents in the loft area, it will be going under trees that shade the yard from the West, it the house will block from the east, and trees from the South.
     
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  5. Foster's Freehold

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    That all sounds like a go then. Metal buildings are often the cheapest and quickest way to go as long as you compensate for the flaws.
    Keep an eye on the vents though, if you ever see condensation inside, you will have to add more.
     
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  6. Daddysbaby1

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    They will also have a fenced free range area about 20ft by 50ft with a hedge of chicken herbs for ten hens and a rooster will be partially covered for shade and winter. So coop is for nights and egg laying mainly
     
  7. jadorsey9

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  8. Daddysbaby1

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    Very nice!
     
  9. jadorsey9

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    Here are some pictures of my metal coop. The galvanized roof is actually cooler in the summer and deflects some heat. Plus it’s open and allows for lots of breeze. The hens love it!
     

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  10. jadorsey9

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    If you have questions let me know! I’m never going back to wooden coops.
     
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