Question about installing a fan in the coop.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Coreyboy18, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. Coreyboy18

    Coreyboy18 Chirping

    Jun 17, 2010
    New Orleans, LA
    I bought a small fan to install in the coop because it gets very hot here. It doesn't blow hard, or a whole lot, but enough to circulate the air in the coop. Is this a good idea or not? I read about keeping it draft-free and a fan would definitely not keep it that way. It is not a large coop, it is about 2 1/2 ft x 3 1/2 ft. They will be in the run and free-ranging during the day and only be in the coop at night. When I took readings of the temperature in the coop, it can get into the early 90's during the day and the upper eighties at night. What do you think?
  2. Settin'_Pretty

    Settin'_Pretty Songster

    Feb 10, 2008
    North Georgia
    Have you ever seen a commercial chicken house?
    They are lined with high output fans.

    The fan is a good idea, set it to blow out and suck air in.
  3. Coreyboy18

    Coreyboy18 Chirping

    Jun 17, 2010
    New Orleans, LA
    Well I wouldn't think a commercial chicken house would really care about quality of life... [​IMG]

    It's going right by a window so it should do a fairly good job of sucking air in. Perhaps I need one by the other window blow air out.
  4. Engteacher

    Engteacher Poultry, Poetry, and Prose

    Sep 1, 2009
    Hastings, MN
    I installed an attic exhaust fan in my coop. It has a thermostat and blows air out of the coop when the temperature reaches 80 degrees. When it runs, fresh air is sucked into the coop as the hot air goes out. So far it has worked slick. I can send you a picture if you're interested.

    If I had a small fan, I would set it to blow OUT and not into the coop.
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Drafts are only "drafts" when it's cool or cold. This time of year, they're DESIRABLE [​IMG] although you don't want to turn your coop into a wind tunnel or anything like that.

    However in that size coop you shouldn't be needing a fan. If it is staying that warm in the evenings, it just needs a bunch more ventilation. Try extending one side to provide a generous overhang, then make that side only mesh, while also maintaining some ventilation in the other walls. There is no excuse for a coop that small not being the exact same temperature as the outdoor-shade air temperature. So you would only need a fan in there IF your nighttime temps are staying around 90 F, which they probably aren't [​IMG]

    Good luck, ahve fun,

  6. Coreyboy18

    Coreyboy18 Chirping

    Jun 17, 2010
    New Orleans, LA
    Quote:Unfortunately Pat, they are staying that temperature. It gets near 100 during the day, so it is actually staying a couple of degrees cooler, that's why I want to put a fan in there. It has plenty of ventilation from what I think, but I will post a couple of pictures so you can see it.

    Window on each side and and opening at the top of the roof

    Better view of roof vent

    Inside of the coop

    Where I planned on putting the fan

    The babies will only be in the coop at night, but I plan on running the fan all day just in case they decide to go in. I also have frozen water bottles ready. They aren't in the coop yet, about another week or so.
  7. Turner

    Turner Songster

    Jan 2, 2010
    Northeast OH
    Fan is a very good thing in your climate this time of year.
  8. ray2310

    ray2310 Songster

    Apr 4, 2009
    Smithfield, PA
    I have a fan in the back door to our coop. It is set to blow air out. I like this because it seems to blow the dust out keeping the coop cleaner.
  9. bfrancis

    bfrancis Songster

    Mar 30, 2010
    Okmulgee Co, Oklahoma
    Here is a pic of the small fan we have in our coop.
    I tried it both ways, facing in to bring fresh air in and facing out. I found in my set-up, facing out works better. It sucks the stale coop air out, but draws fresh air from the window on the other side. There really isn't a noticable breeze, but the air quality is noticably better and stays several degrees cooler inside than the 98 degrees outside temps we've had here in Oklahoma lately.

    Hope this helps

    I'm editing because after looking at your pics again I thought of something else with your set up. It might be more effecient if you could build a small box or enclosure to help direct the air flow through the fan reguardless of which direction you choose vs. just have the fan stir things up in an open air enviroment.

    Just a thought..good luck
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2010
  10. cowdogcadillac

    cowdogcadillac Songster

    Sep 23, 2009
    I put an oscillating fan in my coop but it is not pointed directly at the nest boxes. It bounces air around in the coop to keep some kind of air movement. They were panting as they layed before I put it in there but now they seem to be happier with an indirect breeze on them

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