Windows, roosts, and winter

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Storybook Farm, Sep 23, 2015.

  1. Storybook Farm

    Storybook Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2015
    Sugar Grove, WV
    My Coop
    This is my old barn that we're converting to a nice coop.

    It's overall size is 18.5' X 14', and the chickens have 11' X 13.5' inside. You are looking at the southeast facing wall. I want to put windows in, but I also would like to put roosting bars (all at one level with poop shelf for easier maintenance) on this wall.

    I have two goals for the windows: let in natural light and better ventilation, esp. in summer.

    1. Would putting a roosting bar near good, insulated windows be a plus or a minus during cold winter months?
    2. If a minus, could I put them up higher than the roost, maybe with a box over to keep cold from dropping onto them?

    Or... other ideas?

    Thanks in advance!
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2015
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    As long as there is no draft I don't see any problem as long as it's not the only place to roost, I'm going to assume there will be multiple roosting spots in a shed that big, love old sheds, my chickens fight over the sun in the winter, and chickens are pretty good of finding the right spot to roost if given a chance, I have some that go up 20 feet to roost in my pole building, they slowly climb their way up on different fences.
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