Polycarbonate Roofing... too hot?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by CrazyChickGirl, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. CrazyChickGirl

    CrazyChickGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi everyone :) New here! We currently have 6 chicks and are building our coop. We live in Central California where summers range from 80 degrees during the hottest part of the day, to up to 105 on the very hottest days, mid afternoon. Usually only a few days of the year though. I would love to use that polycarbonate roofing to allow lots of light into the coop. What do you think? Any recommendations as far as roofing? The coop will have 2 real windows, lots of vents, and double doors that can be opened up if needed during hot days to allow almost an entire open side. The chickens will also be allowed out of their coop during day light.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

  3. jetdog

    jetdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have it for my run and during the summer with the sun blazing it has to be at least 15 degrees cooler.I opted for the smoke grey, works great and very easy to work with.
     
  4. CrazyChickGirl

    CrazyChickGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. I'm concerned that an open coop might be too cold in the winter though. We get down in the 20's. Most of the year is fairly mild but we do get our cold and hot temps.
     
  5. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I've lived in central Ca--Modesto area--and kept birds that free ranged all the time, they slept in trees. They were fine, no cold issues. Heat will be your big issue there. 20 degrees is really nothing to a chicken--folks keep them in Minnesota and Michigan, and they do just fine.
     
  7. CrazyChickGirl

    CrazyChickGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, wow, I'm close to Modesto! Thanks! I think we may make some adjustments then. I'm just confused because everything I've read thus far says that chickens need ventilation, but too much draftiness in cold weather can be bad...?
     
  8. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    Cold weather = 10 F and much much lower
     
  9. CrazyChickGirl

    CrazyChickGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, so we are thinking of doing one whole open side now with hardware cloth, and then putting the roosting bars on the far side. There would also be a window on the far side to open for cross breeze during the summer. Does this sound right?
     
  10. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    Yep, sounds lovely.


    I would put a poop tray under the perch.
     

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