Vent placement

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by nrdigrrl, Oct 29, 2007.

  1. nrdigrrl

    nrdigrrl Hatching

    Oct 5, 2007
    Portland, OR
    We live in the mild Pacific NW. This is our 1st time with chickens, pick them up on Sunday (thanks Gardener!), the hen house is 4’L x 5’W x 4H’ with a covered 5’ x 10’ run . Picture(s) here, < >. Long story short we got carried away during construction and made some changes on the fly etc., and ‘improved’ ourselves right out of space for the vents…

    Now that we are stuck with this design we aren’t sure about vent placement. Where should we install the vents:

    A) on the blank wall opposite the nest boxes (this is where the roosts are going);
    B) in the ceiling;
    C) in the wall and in the ceiling?

    Your expert opinion is much appreciated.

    BTW we are planning on using floor heat registers so we can adjust the air flow as needed.

  2. FutureChickenMan

    FutureChickenMan Songster

    Oct 29, 2007
    I'm no expert, but with other cooling stuff I've dealt with this is how I'd do it.

    Put vents on two sides. On one side put the vents low to the floor, on the opposite side put them high up near the ceiling. With the natural movement of heat to go up, you'll create a mini-vacuum by this kind of arrangement. I'd also check to see which side gets the most wind and make sure NOT to put the vents on that side.

    If that's not cool enough (punny!) you could get a solar panel and a 12 volt low RPM fan and McGyver a cool air induction system.
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2007
  3. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    When I saw the title of the thread, I though for a minute we were back to vent picture contests again.... then I saw it was in the Coop/run category, not the 'chickens' categories.

    I was thinking to myself, what's WRONG with your chick's vent placement??


    LOL I've really been sitting here too long working today...

  4. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    I thought the same. It goes in the back...
  5. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
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  6. TxChiknRanchers

    TxChiknRanchers Songster

    Aug 18, 2007
    Southeast Texas
    Me too!

    Heres where you can ROFLMAO
  7. BJ

    BJ Songster

    Mar 20, 2007
    If you were a chicken, would you be ROFLMVO??? (couldn't help it)
  8. TxChiknRanchers

    TxChiknRanchers Songster

    Aug 18, 2007
    Southeast Texas
    Quote:at the risk of hijacking the thread. Not if my vent was out of place! [​IMG] and I wouldn't "ROFLMAO" either. could not help that!

    Hey never pass up a chance to enjoy yourself
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2007
  9. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    The most important thing to consider when placing vents, is that you do not want the air flow to be blowing over the chickens when they are roosting. Air flows in one opening and out another. You don't want your roosts to be in that path.
  10. marie_martin

    marie_martin Songster

    Feb 21, 2007
    Grenada, MS
    My current coop has two vents and they are both at the top. One on the Northeast side, one on the southwest side because of the hot summers we have here. I am in the southern states and it gets so hot and humid here. We don't have much of a winter, a couple weeks in february is about it. But do I need to cover these vents partly or something? The coop is not air tight so they would not suffocate, but I worry about how much air they need. Don't mean to hijack the thread but this info may help the poster too?


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