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

  1. shaky

    shaky Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    I built a small coop for my "flock" of 4.
    Do I need a window, or can it just be dark in there?
  2. 1acrefarm

    1acrefarm Songster

    Nov 3, 2007
    You should have plenty of ventilation. I have plenty of ventilation with my window closed but I like the extra summer ventilation it gives when open. I also prefer the light that it lets in.
  3. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    A window will let in early morning light, which affects the laying cycle, so I will say yes, you need a window.

    Unless you can let them out at first light every morning.
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    If you don't have a window you will get poor egg production, especially in the darker 6 months of the year. You need ventilation anyhow (like a REASONABLE amount of ventilation, not just a coupla tiny airholes) so far and away the simplest thing is to make a clear plastic panel that hinges or slides down as a cover for the vents. When it's nice weather you leave it open, and the light and air come in thru the (hardware-cloth screened) vents; and on the few occasions when it's temporarily so windy/rainy that you close one of the vents, light still comes in thru the clear cover.

    It depends somewhat on how big your coop is, but if it is, say, 4x4' for four hens, you want something like A MINIMUM OF two 1x1' or 1x2' windows/vents.

    Good luck,

  5. shaky

    shaky Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    That was very helpful.

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