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Ventilation Question!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mnbrewdude, Feb 5, 2016.

  1. mnbrewdude

    mnbrewdude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Finishing the schematics on my 4x8 elevated chicken coop. On my gable ends I have some windows which will allow light and are openable for cross ventilation. On my "long" walls, I was thinking about making a long narrow vent, perhaps 6in by 6 foot, on both sides. Of course it would be protected with hardware cloth to keep critters out. I would do this on both sides. Included is a rough blueprint showing what I mean. Any thoughts on this? How would this work being open in the winter to allow air movement without being too drafty? Too much ventilation??

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  2. mnbrewdude

    mnbrewdude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Of course the photo would be posted sideways!!! The lower box will be my pop door, so disregard that.
     
  3. mnbrewdude

    mnbrewdude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Crickets, really!?
     
  4. Leigti

    Leigti Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope you get an answer soon, because that is pretty much what I was thinking also for my 4 x 8 raised coop plans.
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    Windows tend to be too low for adequate ventilation. And if they are shut due to weather, there goes most of your ventilation. Gable vents above the windows, as close to the roofline as you can get would work the better than relying on the windows. The long, narrow vents on the long wall will help pull in fresh air, and pushing the air up, along the ceiling, and the gable vents will be the 'escape' vents.
     
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  6. WVForestGirl

    WVForestGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you were to put the windows on both sides I would worry about a draft across the high areas where the chickens like to roost. I would suggest gable vent on one side and a low intake or cracked window on the other. This way you would get good air movement and venting without drafts.
     
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    Leigti Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What affect does the pop door have on ventilation?
     
  8. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    Pop doors are too low and small. Ammonia and moisture rise. The bulk of ventilation should be at least a foot and a half above the roosting level to avoid drafts.
     
  9. mnbrewdude

    mnbrewdude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the input! I will do the long narrow vents on both sides and then gable vents at the peaks of the ends. I should clarify that my roof is a 12/12 pitch so there will be ample airspace up there that is inaccessible to my hens. I did this hoping that it would help with ventilation and now it sounds like it's going to work out! Thanks!
     

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