Ventilation and run access

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mckeecoop, Jul 11, 2016.

  1. mckeecoop

    mckeecoop New Egg

    Jul 8, 2016
    Jacksonville FL
    I was wondering about ventilation here in Florida, our summers are super hot (in the 100's most days!), and our winters are warm all through Christmas (until about February it gets a little chilly)! So, how much ventilation would we be needing? Also, how much access do you guys give your chickens to the run during summer and winter nights? Thanks![​IMG]
  2. JackE

    JackE Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 26, 2010
    North Eastern Md.
    Your coop should be as open as possible, with a sheltered area in the back of the coop, so they can get out of the rain if needed. And the front of that sheltered area should be open. My birds have open access to their run year round, no matter the temp. If they want to come out, they are totally free to do so.
  3. WthrLady

    WthrLady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2014
    WestOak, Nebraska
    Mine as well. I also have a barn fan mounted in my coop near the large front window. Our hottest days, 105' (not including the humidity 113') are usually windless.

    This circulates my coop a little faster than normal heating convection up and out through the upper windows.

    My coop is always open to the run. The pop door is never closed.

    In Florida (used to live there) air flow and rain/sun shelter are your main priority. Cold down there isn't even a chicken issue.
  4. Bubba305

    Bubba305 New Egg

    Jul 11, 2014
    Davie, FL
    I am having the same dilemma.


    I'm thinking of a more wide-open Coop just because of our heat down here
  5. coopa

    coopa New Egg

    Apr 16, 2016
    I also give mine open access to the run. They don't seem to be spending much time in the coop other then to eat.They are 16 weeks now and I am wondering if they will go in the nest boxes to lay.

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