1. Maxx_a_mouse

    Maxx_a_mouse In the Brooder

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    I am building a coop for my chickens and it is 48”x30”x36”. Only problem I’m worried about is ventilation. It can get -20°F here and I don’t want it to get too cold in the coop. It will only be 2 Belgian d’uccles in the coop, so would only a few small holes work? In the past I’ve had coops with 5-12 chickens and no vents at all, so I’m not sure how many I need and if it will make it too cold?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Crossing the Road

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    You don't have to worry about cold. You have to worry about oxygen and sufficient air exchange. Stale air in a warm moist environment can cause the growth of bacteria, viruses, fungus and a proliferation of ammonia.
    If you don't heat your coop, by 6 AM on January 10, it will be as cold inside as it will be outside. So, they are better off with fresh air.
    It has gotten that cold here and 2 of my buildings have 3' X 4' windows on both east and west walls with the winter wind blowing right through. No health problems ever.
     
  3. ChickenHuggers

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    You definitely need some ventilation in the coop, especially in the summer months. I've seen some coops that have little doors to open/close the vents, but I wouldn't worry too much about it. I'd say a few small holes of 2-3" in diameter would do the trick
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Well, all year round...with adequate ventilation.
     
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  5. ChickenCanoe

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    Right. It is just that the OP is concerned about cold.

    Depending on stocking density my buildings are about the same as outside temp or up to 5 or 6 F higher.
    Daytime coop warm up will be slower without adequate ventilation.
     
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  6. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    Even with perfect everything.... I don't think it is possible to keep the little points on the d'uccles from getting frostbite.

    As long as you are not wanting to show them, it isn't a big problem, they tend to heal perfectly.

    I would however make a larger coop, so it is easier to have a large vent. Is this coop connected to a roofed and partially enclosed run? If so, the currently planned size could work, you could put a large vent on the coop wall that is protected by the run roof.

    However, if you want them to stay show-able, (and have zero frostbite) I would recommend making them house chickens.... or garage chickens. ......

    If you want to keep them outside, with zero frostbite, then you need to make a much bigger coop, and heat it, and add some kind of mechanical air exchange, I think. :idunno
     
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  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Right...so all winter long, not just on January 10 by 6 AM. :lol:
     
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  8. Maxx_a_mouse

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    that’s my issue, one is a show bird and won first this last fall, and I’d like to keep it that way. The coop is already built. It is a chicken tractor, and the run is not roofed
     
  9. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    Then I see no way to keep him both healthy and frostbite free.

    :idunno

    Sorry.... I don't mean that to be mean... I just have no idea.
     
  10. Maxx_a_mouse

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    Yeah I get it. The coop is huge for them though, so I’m hoping that’s what saves them. The breeder I got them from free ranges hers, and her birds and prize winners too. Not sure how she keeps them from getting frostbite, I think she just hopes lol.

    I’m just worried since it’s only 2 birds that it won’t be warm enough. I’ve tried putting them with my other chickens, but that didn’t work. I’ve got 4 layers which are 10x the size of the bantams, and I also have a Cornish cross who just hit 18lbs. One of his feet is bigger then both bantams combined, and he tries to kill them, so that’s out of the question.
     

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