Ventilation on shed roof

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by buffslat, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. buffslat

    buffslat In the Brooder

    Jul 8, 2011
    Southeast Missouri
    I have decided on my coop size 8' x 12', and that I am going to use a shed roof that slopes from 8' to 6'. Will leaving the eaves open be enough overhead ventilation?

    I will have one window on the East and West side. My bigger question is should I have two windows on the South side or I was thinking of making a huge lift up area on that side with hardware cloth for critter protection. Also should I put any windows on the North side since it faces a wooded area?

    Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated.

  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    This is my 8'x12' coop. Where the door is, is an 8x4' storage area, and the coop part is 8'x8'. We used vented soffit for our eaves. If you leave the eaves open, it will allow critters to get in to your chicks. The only windows in this coop are the ones you see on the back (south) side. I kept 13 chickens in there all winter and the ventilation seemed to be adequate.

  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    Our barn has essentially two shed roofs, as shown. The ventilation is outstanding. Warm, humid air rises and exits at the highest point. Make-up air enters through the lower eaves.

  4. ScottM

    ScottM Songster

    Fred's coop design is what I'm going to turn my existing coop into. I've basically build the left hand side, the right hand side is going to be the new addition. My single slanting roof didn't have enough ventillation to my liking so I'm glad that I added an opening. It's much easier to close it up afterwards, or never open it if need be.
  5. Peyton

    Peyton Hatching

    Jan 22, 2013
    Wondering how you finally handled your ventilation issue. I am getting ready to build a new coop with a shed roof. It seems most logical to leave room for ventilation (covered with hardware cloth) between the rafter tails on the high side, but it also seems like that would let too much rain in.


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