Reducing humidity

aart

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Thank you.. I thought a little extra insulation would keep down any drafts and get prepared for colder temps.it’s snug coop for only three of them.They had this routine way of roosting where a wall was on one side and the rooster was on the other end keeping the ladies toasty in the middle. I was just hoping to fill the void of his heated protection. I’m sure they’ll adjust. You’re advice is helpful thanks.
'Snug' is a bit of a red flag, could mean too small and/or not enough ventilation.

We really can't help much unless you show us your coop, inside and out....
....and tell us.....
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Chickslady

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'Snug' is a bit of a red flag, could mean too small and/or not enough ventilation.

We really can't help much unless you show us your coop, inside and out....
....and tell us.....
Where in this world are you located?
Climate, and time of year, is almost always a factor.
Please add your general geographical location to your profile.
It's easy to do, and then it's always there!
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Thanks I added my location. It’s New Hampshire but not sure how to add url of my coop . I tried , not very savvy. I’ll add them here.
 

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aart

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I’m worried my coop is too LARGE for three hens to stay warm.
Common misconception that birds in a small tight coop will keep each other warm.

Don't worry. It's not their coop that keeps them warm, it's their natural down coats. :)
Exactly!

@Chickslady I see no ventilation except that one window...
...and the door(which is very cool looking).
It's why you can't seem to reduce the humidity inside the coop.
There is nowhere for the moisture laden exhalations, and the moisture/ammonia from the poops, of the birds to escape.
That's why 'snug' is a red flag as it implies 'air tight'.

Not seeing any easy fix, usually the soffits are the best place to ventilate, but there are no soffits. Gable vents would be fairly easy and help.
 

jreardon1918

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It looks like a great coop. A fine size for your flock But it needs ventilation. In Central NH you get plenty of snow. You have a pretty steep roof. You could consider a ridge vent. If you are up to clearing the snow from it. The gable ends are another option. You might need a louver of some sort to block snow and rain. And you could keep the top half of the window open. Again, finding a way to block wind, snow and rain.

Just a few thoughts. Good luck.
 

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Chickslady

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It looks like a great coop. A fine size for your flock But it needs ventilation. In Central NH you get plenty of snow. You have a pretty steep roof. You could consider a ridge vent. If you are up to clearing the snow from it. The gable ends are another option. You might need a louver of some sort to block snow and rain. And you could keep the top half of the window open. Again, finding a way to block wind, snow and rain.

Just a few thoughts. Good luck.
Thanks we bought this coop cuz we loved the look of it. Being beginners we didn’t notice obvious flaws until we had it delivered. It was new but needed work. The nesting boxes leaked the window only opens on the bottom, lack of high ventilation. We added the screen door ourselves which was wonderful in the summer. It’s the winterizing that’s been more work.. we’re going to add some high vents though there’s not much room,( maybe some holes) with someway to block wind, rain and snow from blowing in. It’s a challenge!
 

Chickslady

In the Brooder
Aug 12, 2020
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Central New Hampshire
It looks like a great coop. A fine size for your flock But it needs ventilation. In Central NH you get plenty of snow. You have a pretty steep roof. You could consider a ridge vent. If you are up to clearing the snow from it. The gable ends are another option. You might need a louver of some sort to block snow and rain. And you could keep the top half of the window open. Again, finding a way to block wind, snow and rain.

Just a few thoughts. Good luck.
Thanks you’ve been very helpful!
 

Florida Bullfrog

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I’m not sure why the high humidity itself matters if moisture isn’t condensing inside. They need ventilation for the sake of ventilation but the humidity itself shouldn’t be a problem for them. Its almost always near 100% humidity in north Florida on the outside and it doesn’t have a negative impact on the chickens.
 

Chickslady

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Aug 12, 2020
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Central New Hampshire
Common misconception that birds in a small tight coop will keep each other warm.

Exactly!

@Chickslady I see no ventilation except that one window...
...and the door(which is very cool looking).
It's why you can't seem to reduce the humidity inside the coop.
There is nowhere for the moisture laden exhalations, and the moisture/ammonia from the poops, of the birds to escape.
That's why 'snug' is a red flag as it implies 'air tight'.

Not seeing any easy fix, usually the soffits are the best place to ventilate, but there are no soffits. Gable vents would be fairly easy and help.
Common misconception that birds in a small tight coop will keep each other warm.

Exactly!

@Chickslady I see no ventilation except that one window...
...and the door(which is very cool looking).
It's why you can't seem to reduce the humidity inside the coop.
There is nowhere for the moisture laden exhalations, and the moisture/ammonia from the poops, of the birds to escape.
That's why 'snug' is a red flag as it implies 'air tight'.

Not seeing any easy fix, usually the soffits are the best place to ventilate, but there are no soffits. Gable vents would be fairly easy and help.
[/QUOTE thanks, we really thought we were butting this coop from an experienced chicken coop builder. His vision was nice.. we love the door too.The window is all it has for ventilation and it’s been a struggle since we got it. Learning something new everyday!
 

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