Small coop/ tractor questions

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Fire, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. Fire

    Fire Out Of The Brooder

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    Im building a small coop 4x3 elevated with 2 nest boxes on the outside. It has a gabled roof and the back opens to clean it out. Ive got the frame, roosts and nestboxes done. Im a little unsure how much ventilation I need. I was going to make the peaked parts fold open but thats right on the level of the roost. I got to thinking if it was summer and I had them open the birds would be right in the vent so if a storm popped up or something they may get wet. Would I be better off with some kind of a ridge fan and vents on the bottom? Any other ideas for ventilation. My roof is going to be recycled tin. I can still put 1/4 plywood under it if you all think just the tin would be too hot.
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  2. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants

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    what part of the country are you in and what kind of summer and winter temps do you have?
     
  3. Fire

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    I live in NW Missouri we have hot humid summers and cold winters. Not uncommon to have days over 100 degrees with 90% humidity and in winter to get below zero a few times a year.
     
  4. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants

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    I'm in WV and we left a smalll gap between the sides of the coop section and the roof. Because its a tractor, we move it depending on weather conditions. We can move to shaded area if too hot or to a leeward side of a building if windy and stormy. We used the corrugated plastic roofing because its cheaper than tin here and didn't rust. I think it might weigh less too.

    you might want to make your ventilation at the top, like a ridge vent so they aren't right in the draft, or lower your roost if possible
     

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