Question about coops

MotherOfChickens

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I have 2 small coops and I'm about to build 1 large one that will be 6x8. It will be board and batten to cover the gaps to prevent drafts. My question is, I see a lot of coops that are made from wood planks but have gaps in them. How do people keep the drafts off their chickens like that?
 

MotherOfChickens

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Depends on where you live if gaps between wall boards are a problem or not.
Air flow is good, strong drafts can be a problem.
Board gaps could be an issue with rain infiltration and predators too.
Here's a pretty good discussion about ...
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1048597/ventilated-but-free-of-drafts

True. Predators and rain wont really be an issue for me, thankfully. And I will be adding the batten to my boards. I was just wondering how people who dont do the batten or better yet, make coops out of pallets, get away with the gaps lol.
 

Arielle2

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As I keep designing coops, I like more windows. On all sides if possible. We even changed the roofing material to include a clear corrigated panel to let in light thru the roofing.
 

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