Plastic covered run shows condensation

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Rkhan, Nov 13, 2019.

  1. Rkhan

    Rkhan In the Brooder

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    Hello all
    I have the Trixie coop and run for my 7 chickens. I have covered it with plastic on the sides and the top to block off the cold drafts. (it was 14 degree tonight, felt like 7 here is S.W. PA). I have left an inch of opening for vent on the sides. This morning I saw frozen droplets on the plastic (appears to be condensation that froze). Would this be a problem for chickens or is this normal? Again I have left an inch of uncovered space all around the sides of the run for ventilation.
    Please advice, I am a first time chicken owner.
    Thanks so much!
     
  2. 21hens-incharge

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    Is the frost inside?
    What is your outside humidity reading?
    When it thaws will it be dripping in the run and potentially on the chickens?
     
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  3. Wyorp Rock

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    You covered the coop itself with plastic? Can you post some photos?
    You likely need to leave the coop well ventilated, 1" is not enough, chicken breath moisture and a coop needs to have fresh air coming in.

    Your run portion, you can probably get away with having the plastic up if you don't cover the top, that will allow it to breath.
     
  4. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Pictures of the set up is needed :frow
     
  5. 21hens-incharge

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    I tried looking up "Tricia coop" and there are quite a few. It looks like a brand rather than a specific model.

    All are small and look poorly ventilated.


    Please post pics and include more info like how many birds and if they are large or small breeds. That way we can help sort out the moisture issue.
     
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  6. wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Crowing

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    I would open up one side- my suggestion is to open the south side, but make sure you keep the side that the wind blows from covered up.
     
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  7. Rkhan

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    Thank you all! I’m so glad I found this forum
    Here are the pictures of the coop and run, the chickens, the frosted n unfrozen condensation
    Also I leave the door to the hens house open for circulation of air all day
    I do not close it at night
     

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  8. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Definitely remove the top portion of the sides to allow in air flow and that will stop the condensation.
     
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  9. Rkhan

    Rkhan In the Brooder

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    But the top only has hardware cloth n when it rains , the run gets so muddy and the water pools in places.
    Should I add a roof to it with vents?
     
  10. wyoDreamer

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    Don't remove the plastic that covers the top of the run, fold down the top half of the plastic on the side. By leaving the lower 1/2 of the plastic, your chickens will still be protected from the cold winds.
     

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