1. newchicken22

    newchicken22 New Egg

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    I have a large shed with a sliding door and a loft that I am turning into a coop. It has a concrete floor and is about 8X10 or maybe even 10X10. I almost have it ready for chickens but it does not have a window. Will this be a problem? I figure it can't be hard to cut a window and cover it with chicken wire, but is it necessary if the large door will only be closed at night?
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    My coop does not have a window. Has not been a problem. Might be an issue if ventilation/heat is a problem.

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  3. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, you do need ventilation. Chickens need way more than you would think. Here's an excellent page on that subject:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=1642-VENTILATION

    Chicken wire will keep your chickens inside, but it won't keep predators out. What you want to cover your vents and/or windows with is good, stout welded wire (sometimes called hardware cloth). To cover spaces that are near to roosts, be sure to use wire with small openings between the wires (say, not more than 1/2" by 1/2"), so that critters can't reach through the openings with their paws to grab your chickens as they're sleeping near the wire. .
     
  4. Newbie in Screamer Al

    Newbie in Screamer Al Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes for ventalation for sure. It is not to hard. If you look at how I did my poop door, That will work for ventilation, and when open give em light if they stay in the coop. I am going to be putting in the same kinda windows as that door. Just put hard wire on the inside where you cut it out. I will seal good to so no drafts will come thru.
     

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