Ventilation in coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Nyna, Sep 5, 2007.

  1. Nyna

    Nyna Chillin' With My Peeps

    105
    0
    129
    Jul 3, 2007
    Western Montana
    Hi guys, I use a tool shed for a coop. It has one window and a big door. I cut their door in the big door. Anyhow... right now I leave the window open and I usually prop the big door open during the day for ventilation. But this winter I will close the window and cover it will plastic and keep the big door shut because it will be very cold. I am wondering if it will get too stuffy and stinky in there for them? I usually clean out all their bedding but this winter will probably deep litter. Will that make it more stuffy and stinky? I would hate to have to cut a vent into the wall/roof for a vent, but I might have to? [​IMG]
     
  2. Aun <HIS><

    Aun <HIS>< Chillin' With My Peeps

    103
    1
    121
    Jun 28, 2007
    New Hampshire
    I know what you mean about not wanting to cut a hole in the wall, but I think you'll need to. Montana winters are so cold, you'll need to keep things buttoned up, and a couple of heat lamps probably. But you'll need ventilation in there, or the ammonia will build up and cause respiratory problems. It'll be easier to do it now before the snow flys.

    You can cut a hole out on the very top of the building on one side, and another on the top at the alternate side, cover them with hardware cloth. Then you just make a door to cover them. A scrap of wood with a couple of hinges and a hook and eye, and a chain or rope to attach to the hook and eye to adjust how much it stays open will do it. Then you'll be able to experiment with how little you can leave them open to deal with ammonia, without losing too much heat. The rule I go by is that if I can smell ammonia, I need to make a change. And with deep litter, ammonia will build up without ventilation, in my experience.

    Basically, draft is when air moves across the birds, and ventilation is when air moves above them, but the birds aren't IN that air flow. Draft is bad, so you can't really just crack a window, because you would have air coming in on them. Ventilation above them moves fresh air in and ammonia air out.

    If you need help knowing how to cut through whatever your coop is made out of, let us know what you have and we'll try to help.

    [​IMG]
    Aun
     
  3. Nyna

    Nyna Chillin' With My Peeps

    105
    0
    129
    Jul 3, 2007
    Western Montana
    Yep- I thought that would be the answer! [​IMG] Well, DH has a bunch of tools. Perhaps a saws all will work. The building is vinyl sided and double wall, so we'll see. I suppose I will get two rectagular vents from the hardware store? It would be neat to find some with a open and close deal on them so I wouldn't have to mess around with making doors. Anyhow, one more project this weekend! It never ends! [​IMG] Thanks for the input though!
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by