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new 10x12 barn shed coop have a window and 2 eave vents

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by blueseal, Jan 30, 2009.

  1. blueseal

    blueseal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2008
    is that enough for ventilation or do i need more. the roof is gambrel syle.
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Definitely more, if you want to stock at 'usual' chicken densities, like 4 sq ft per chicken, and have good air quality.

    Also btw you'll want to insulate the underside of the roof if it's metal, or you will get condensation problems.

    Have fun,

  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Quote:Perhaps a fan in one of the ventilation vents would help... (that's what I did cuz I only have two windows and two vents) guess it depends upon the # of chickens you put in there.

    Post a pic... we love those.

  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    yeah, I know people say that. However, only industrial or ag type fans are designed for high-dust conditions, which a coop PROFOUNDLY is. Household or bathroom fans tend to pack it in and/or become fire hazards in fairly short order, and IMHO are a really bad idea for a coop. Also it is way easier and cheaper to chop a couple holes in the side of the coop than to buy a fan, wire it in, etc etc [​IMG]

    No offense meant, but I'd really really recommend not using any sort of fan (except maybe for just a day or two at a time if you get a super hot spell in summer),

  5. morelcabin

    morelcabin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    This is what I did, front and back, it works very well:>) This spring I have to put some trim peices on there and i am going to add hinged covers so I can close it on especially cold days, (like below -30C) but all in all it is great.

    Last edited: Jan 30, 2009
  6. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Good idea! I dont think you would have any problems with the shed "sweating"

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