Well Ventilated vs Drafty

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by JustOneMore, Dec 16, 2010.

  1. JustOneMore

    JustOneMore Chillin' With My Peeps

    I fully understand that a coop should be well ventilated, even in the winter months. I also understand that it shouldn't be drafty. But at what point does well ventilated become drafty?

    Last week I found a roll of 1x2 welded wire that had a mouse nest in it. My first thought ... "now, that's well ventilated nest".

    As I dragged out the roll, my second thought was ... "but what a drafty mouse house".

    I've been plugging seams in the coop but am not sure if I should tightly seal them all or not. Our coop does have a window that is always cracked for ventilation. How do I know if it's putting too much draft on the ladies?

    Ever grateful for your thoughts.
  2. johny

    johny Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2010
    Good question.

    After much reading and then tweaking the building of my own coop, I have only one bit of advice.

    Ventilation is a draft you can not feel.
  3. Chicken.Lytle

    Chicken.Lytle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 19, 2010
    Montgomery County, TX
  4. Rivers

    Rivers Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 3, 2010
    Its -5ยบ @ 86% humidity right now and its probably going to get colder through the night.

    I have a large ventilation window on the small coop. Approx 12" x 16" with just chicken wire in it. This is the only opening so no cross-ventilation. But it is very large.

    Im really worried about my young hens freezing to death. Ive been thinking about insulating, really shouldve done it today! Im very concerned about finding poultry popsicles in the morning and ive only had chickens for a few days.
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2010
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    If there is an actual breeze on the chickens which they cannot escape, it's a problem = drafty.


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