ventilation open or closed

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by noidhndlr, Apr 27, 2008.

  1. noidhndlr

    noidhndlr Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,
    I have a quick question about ventilation. The front of my coop has a vent opening, below the eaves along the entire front (north facing) 6 inchs x 8 ft. Should I leave this open or should I make a drop down door so that I can close it up during the winter? Temp exteremes: 115 summer, 20ish in the winter.


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    This is a side picture with the drop down door, which I could also do for the front if it's better. This picture is with the door open
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    Here is a picture with the door closed.
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    Thanks

    Holly
    patiently waiting for the chicken kids
     
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    I would without question make a hinged panel like you did for the sides. I can pretty much guarantee that there will be at least *some* times when it is in the 20s and windy and maybe even snowing and your chickens will want the coop temporarily 'buttoned up' [​IMG]

    You could even make something that attaches to eyebolts (with weatherstripping to compensate for the resulting loose-ish fit) so that the cover could be physically removed for most of the year. That way it won't sit there looking pointless and silly all summer [​IMG] but you will be able to very quickly put it in if unpleasant winter weather is forecast.

    JMHO,

    Pat
     
  3. Iluvmychickens

    Iluvmychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice coop. I do think it will need some sort of closure in the winter at the top.

    DeeDee
     
  4. carousel

    carousel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm new to coop building but even in the winter they are going to need some ventalation to avoid condensation inside the coop.
    I like the idea of a piece that could bolt on in the coldest weather.
    It will great to see more pictures!
     

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