Stubborn Fiancee says I don't need more ventilation.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Nimby Chickens, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. Nimby Chickens

    Nimby Chickens Songster

    Oct 20, 2010
    Central FL
    So, it's 90 degrees outside right now. My coop needs a few touches but is largely done. My fiancee built it for me!

    The problem is, I want more ventilation. The way he built it there are no windows, no vents, nothing, which in my opinion is asking for trouble. I wanted 2 windows but he said they made 'weak spots'. The only ventilation is the small gaps between some of the wood (1 cm or so) and I want there to be a breeze in there! It's HOT in FL and he thinks I am just being a pain in the arse.

    Please give me a post full of replies about how this is not a good idea and I will show it to him. Alternatively if I am being a pain then please let me know.

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  2. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

    May 22, 2009
    North Central Florida
    Windows built correctly are not weak points. but heat in Florida will kill them. and even in winter you need ventilation. See if he would consider a roof vent not just a ridge vent. My coop is on my byc page. It works well in the heat. The only thing I would have done differently would have been to hang the windows upside down, so that they slid down to open instead of up. Heat rises, cool air sinks. and we do get some awful cold winters as of late.
  3. Gallusfarm

    Gallusfarm Songster

    Jul 14, 2009
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  4. squeak1387

    squeak1387 Chirping

    May 15, 2011
    bronson, fl
    I live in fl too and believe me you don't have enough ventilation in there. Unless of coarse you plan on keeping an ac going in there. Windows would be the best thing this way in the winter they can be closed when it gets too cold.
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Tell him if he doesn't want a bunch of suffering, then dead chickens, then he needs to cut some dang holes. Simple as that. You MUST have plenty of ventilation or you won't have chickens for very long, period. An air tight coop holds in heat and moisture and both will promote disease and kill your hens. Think about how they will feel in a swelteringly hot box with no light. You'll be cooking chicken instead of raising them in the summer in Florida with no ventilation. I don't mean to be blunt, but it's really that important!
  6. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Songster

    If you don't ventilate and provide shade, you'll have dead birds even if they have a run. Where you're at the sides need to be as open as possible if not totally wire to allow a breeze to cool and clear the ammonia buildup. People are losing birds all over the country due to heat and most have shaded outdoor runs but the birds still have to go into a hot coop to roost at night and to lay eggs. Sorry if this is harsh but if need be, start cutting and wiring yourself till he realizes this is serious. You do not need to worry about too much air in the winter, it's not a issue for you as the temps don't get cold enough.
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  7. chicken995

    chicken995 Chirping

    Mar 19, 2011
    Northern Colorado
    Gotta have ventilation. I have four windows in my coop that I am restoring. I was putting new plexiglass on them yesterday, once I had them all covered up and unopened it got hot hot hot in that coop quick. I'm in Colorado and it was only in the mid 80s yesterday. And Colorado is very very dry. With the heat and humidity you have in Florida, you must have tons of ventilation.
  8. sadies chicks

    sadies chicks Songster

    Apr 19, 2011
    You need windows!!! Why does he get windows and the chickens don't??? [​IMG]
  9. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    You can ask him nicely "honey, is there a skillsaw sized for me?"

    And when he asks why, you tell him that your coop MUST have ventilation and you are set on getting it done right away. And you did not want to bother him [​IMG]

    Make sure you have some hardware clothe to cover your ventilation holes/squares (if you do not put in window) and a staple gun with lots of good staples.
  10. char259

    char259 Chirping

    May 13, 2011
    I've always heard (and practiced) that there are two ways to get a man to do something.

    1. Ask him to do it. or
    2. Tell him to do it.

    But if you ask him - don't tell him how... and if you tell him be specific.

    Your guys needs some specific telling.

    Good Luck! [​IMG]

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