Video of my Coop - Ventilation?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Bridebeliever, Oct 19, 2015.

  1. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    The question is in my video, but it's about the ventilation. Thanks to any that can answer!
  2. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    :barnie So no one will answer? I really want to know if my ventilation is enough and I figured I couldn't explain it as well as I could video it. Please? Someone? :fl
  3. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    With the young birds you are fine with less ventilation as they will produce a lot less humidity, especially in such a large coop... As they get older you are going to want to keep a few of those windows open pretty much full time and the ones that are open should be across from each other so you get the cross ventilation... A roof vent near the peak would also be ideal in the future...

    I do have a concern though, the expanded steel reinforcement mesh you used to cover the windows is going to rust rapidly and even though it's sharp and appears strong it's actually quite week and won't stop many determined predators like raccoons if they really want in...
  4. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you for that input! Yes, it does seem very strong...and very sharp! You're saying this stuff will deteriorate? We will definitely keep an eye on this. I guess it would be pretty easy to replace considering how my husband installed it. It's kind of framed in. What would you suggest using?
  5. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes, if it's the stuff I'm imagining, aka 'plaster lath mesh' it will rust quite readily...

    Ideally you should use galvanized 1/4" hardware cloth (animals are less likely to get a tooth hooked in the smaller mesh to tear it down) but galvanized 1/2" hardware cloth will also work, and if you want to keep the bugs out you can also layer up some mosquito screen with the hardware cloth...
  6. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    This is the best picture I could find of what we have. It was sold in the same area of Lowes that bags of cement are sold in. I was thinking about the paws of coons and opossum when it got this. I thought it would cut them if they tried to tear in to it.
  7. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yeah, looks like plaster lath mesh and it will rust away... As for cutting the paws and/or gums as they attempt entry sadly this is not something that stops most hungry and determined predators...
  8. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well, sick! I guess back to the drawing board on this one!
  9. 123RedBeard

    123RedBeard Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 20, 2014
    I agree with MeepBeep ... The problem with the mesh is it is not coated/protected! It will start to rust soon, painting may slow it down, get a can of rustoleum type spray paint ... Most of the hardware cloth is galvinized coated to protect against rust, and will last much longer.

    I would also recommend either (or both) a ridge vent and peak vents ... A ridge vent is a low long cupalo basically a covered opening at the top ridge of the roof, a peak vent is vents that go into the side wall up near the peak of the wall/roof ...

    Good ventilation requires not only a side to side air flow like MeepBeep mentioned, but needs a low entry, and high exit ... Warm moist air will rise, and draw in cool fresh air from below ... I did not see any way for air to enter near the floor area ... This could be small or even just cracks in the siding, lots of people want to Tupperware seal up their coops, but then there is no air exchange!

    Hardware cloth comes in different size/thickness of wire, not just the spacing ... More common sizes are 19 - 27 gauge know what your buying, and what will work best for you!

    Also available in 16 gauge!

    Know/learn about wire fence sizes (gauge) and what it means, and what it will cost ...

    Know wether your buying galvanized after, or before welding! Which would you prefer?
  10. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    And I'm sure it will help things if I don't get too many chickens as well! Currently I have 9 but two are Roos so I'll be down to 7 hens and 1 rooster in 100 square feet of space. I commented above in bold as well.

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