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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by redoak, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. redoak

    redoak Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    Over the summer I recall reading a thread about using a pipe that is about one foot off the coop bedding to vent the coop and ammonia. Anyone else remember the thread or can find it or was it a link to another site? Seems like it would work great in very cold weather instead of a bunch of vents near the top of the coop that let alot of warm air out. Thanks in advance for any info and or links.

  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    It was one of digitS' posts, if that helps. Talking about old-time livestock barn design.

    I am still very skeptical about how appropriate it would be for a typical backyard coop, in several ways, but have not actually tried it.

    Bear in mind that the warmest air carries the most moisture. Thus if you vent only the coldest air out of the coop, you are not removing nearly as much humidity as if you vent the warmest. I know it may seem backwards to intentionally remove your warmest air in winter [​IMG] but it can actually be what you *want*.

    Good luck, let us know how the flue-pipe design works if you try it,

  3. BantyMom

    BantyMom In the Brooder

    Oct 22, 2008
    Salinas, CA
    ok, now, I don't live in cold weather, so I must post a disclaimer here that I've no real experience with those really cold places out there. The coldest it gets out here was 27, and usually not below 33, so please bear that in mind when reading my 2ยข....

    That said, my birds don't live in a walled-in coop either. they live in a long, 28'x7' pen (divided into 4 pens) where the windward side, each end, and the top is covered with tarps. Their perches are 4' off the ground. The entire lee side is open, so, I'm not keeping in any warmth at all. They've always done just fine. They are, after all, wearing down jackets and are sleeping next to little 102-degree bantam heaters.

    Neither am I keeping in any moisture. I put down straw in the winter only because sometimes a little rain blows in, but even then, the floor is usually dry.

    I have one coop that's solid on three sides except for the bottom 18-24" (covered with welded wire), with 3' solid across the top of the 4th side (the lee side). The perch is up behind this part. There they can sleep out of the draft, but the floor is always be able to dry as air can move across it at all times. However, even in this one I have more sniffles than in the pens
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
  5. redoak

    redoak Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    My goal was to use the pipe vent in really cold weather and shut my cupola trap door. Really cold weather as below 0 F at night. So I'd still be using a cupola 95 percent of the time as a vent in addition to the pipe vent. Thanks for the tips and advice, I'll post a link if I find the other link.
  6. redoak

    redoak Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    Thanks for the link Cmom [​IMG]

    I was reading the old posts and this cracked me up from patandchickens.....

    One observation I would make is, chickens are shorter than cows


    Think I'll try to find a PVC pipe (at least 6 inches diameter) and drop that down from my chicken coop cupola (say that 10 times fast). Maybe suspend it 2 feet over the bedding.​

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