Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by TATERsmom, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. TATERsmom

    TATERsmom Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 6, 2009
    South Louisiana
    when building a coop,what is the best way to put in enough ventalation but still be able to keep it at a good temp when it's cold?
  2. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    If you have a peaked roof, put the ventilation screens as high as you get get them in the peaks. Also, be sure to cover the screens with hardware cloth. Most screens are just to keep out wimpy stuff, not determined raccoons, etc.
  3. morelcabin

    morelcabin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    This is what works for me and I am in Northern Ontario Canada I have smaller vents in the back

  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    If you put hinged or sliding covers on the vents, you can control how open they are (and on what sides of the coop they're open) depending on the weather.

    "At a good temp" depends on what you are thinking of as a good temperature -- well-chosen breeds in dry air are probably a lot more cold-tolerant than you're thinking -- and of course on your climate.

  5. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh to be in Lousiana! My oh my, we're having a challenging winter.
    As Pat says, you can control the vents with baffles and some hardware stores have those rectangular ones that open little metal slots and have screening on the indside. Just check to see what you are using is predator proof.
  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    LOL - til Lynne mentioned it I did not notice the poster was in Louisiana [​IMG]

    Just put in LOTS of ventilation, with flaps/covers.

    If you get a damp windy day around freezing or below you might want to close off some (concievably all, if you have very vulnerable breeds) of the ventilation temporarily. Pretty much any breed/type is going to be fine down to 40 or so, AFAIK, the vast majority considerably colder than that, especially if the air is dry. You do need to prevent cold air from blowing right at the birds themselves.

    Have fun,


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