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What plays a greater role in frostbite?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chris10sen, Dec 31, 2010.

  1. chris10sen

    chris10sen In the Brooder

    May 30, 2010
    What is more likely to cause frostbite, drafts or lack of ventilation? I had a very minor case but it is very early in winter.


  2. oldchickenlady

    oldchickenlady Songster

    May 9, 2010
    Cabot, AR
    From everything I have read on this site, lack of ventilation is bad due to increased moisture in the air. Of course, draft blowing directly on your birds are bad, too...so, adequate ventilation without direct drafts on your birds is the key.
  3. Count Orloff

    Count Orloff In the Brooder

    Nov 26, 2010
    Delaware, OH
    From my experience so far, coupled with what I have read, humidity is a far greater enemy than the actual temperature. You need good ventilation to control the humidity, but like the above poster said, you don't want a draft that will chill your birds.
  4. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

    May 9, 2010
    Egglanta, GA
    Lack of ventilation and humidity.
  5. Humidity and I think it is also water but no for sure
  6. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    Sometimes if your birds drink and get their wattles wet before roosting the chances are higher.

  7. gsim

    gsim Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    East Tennessee
    Quote:It is always dampness from what I have read. I did 1 sq ft/every 4 chooks when I built mine. I have 6 sq ft total full-time ventilation, all rafter ht or higher. In addition I can open 4 windows and the two pop doors. The two pop doors stay open all day long. No matter how windy it is, the coop is never drafty, yet it breathes perfectly. Never smelly either. See 'My BYC Page'


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