Thoughts about moisture in windows?

CircusRing

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Condensation on the windows is a sign of inadequate ventilation -- which could have serious consequences for your birds' health over the long run. :(

The usual recommendation is 1 square foot of permanent, 24/7/365 ventilation per standard-size chicken with the aim being that the temperature and, most importantly, humidity is the same inside and outside of the coop.

If you provide us with photos of your entire coop inside and out we can help you figure out how to put in more ventilation for draft-free airflow. :)
here are some more pics of my coop. I don’t think I have one of the third window so if it helps I can take a pic of that tomorrow in the daylight. There are only three windows in total. One on each end of the trailer and one on the front facing wall. The only source of ventilation are the windows. It can get really cold here in the winter, and right now we’ve had some really cold days followed by really mild. So it’s rather humid out right now. Is it even possible to be 100% moisture free?
 

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3KillerBs

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It can get really cold here in the winter, and right now we’ve had some really cold days followed by really mild. So it’s rather humid out right now. Is it even possible to be 100% moisture free?
I'm a warm-climate person, but my understanding is that the colder it is the more important ventilation is because all that moisture will condense on the chickens' combs and wattles to cause frostbite whereas dry cold won't hurt them.

The goal is to have the moisture inside and outside equal. :)
 

Sueby

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I'm sure you'll get some great suggestions here on how to open up some ventilation. In the mean time you can open the windows & stuff a filter in it, like an HVAC or furnace filter. That way it will block the wind from blowing on them but also allow for fresh air. I leave one window in my coop open year round with a filter in it.
 

drinkoj

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I’m not sure so I will talk to the mister of the house and see what he thinks. I suspect no though.
If it helps, let him know that those chickens are basically sitting in a humid swamp and as the temperatures drop, the moisture will attach itself to the chicken making their feathers WET, making them unable to fluff the feathers to try and stay warm.
It's basically like going hunting, falling into water face first, and then climbing into a hunting blind. You're going to freeze, possible frost bite, and be very sick later.
 

CircusRing

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I'm sure you'll get some great suggestions here on how to open up some ventilation. In the mean time you can open the windows & stuff a filter in it, like an HVAC or furnace filter. That way it will block the wind from blowing on them but also allow for fresh air. I leave one window in my coop open year round with a filter in it.
Oh wow that is an awesome idea. Thank you!
 

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