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Winter Idea! New. Please help

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by montica, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. montica

    montica Hatching

    Oct 10, 2012
    My coop is fairly close to my dryer vent outside of the house. I was thinking about running a vent hose from the house to the coop so when the dryer is on, it heats the coop with the hot air. What do you think....good idea/bad idea. This will be my first year with my 5 ladies. My coop is a small wood kids playhouse from Rural King. (Just to give you an idea of the size)

    Thanks for your help in advance!

  2. ailurophile23

    ailurophile23 Songster

    Dec 21, 2010
    [​IMG] Personally, I would not run the dryer vent into the coop. You did not mention where you live, but chickens do fine in most locations without any heat - they do, afterall, have down coats. It is more important to provide a draft-free area for them than to provide supplemental heat.
  3. JackE

    JackE Crowing

    Apr 26, 2010
    North Eastern Md.
    Bad idea, You would cause waaaaaaaay more problems then help by blowing that damp warm air in there, Don't do it.
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    :frow Welcome to the forum! :frow Glad you joined us! :frow

    I don't know where you live or how cold your winters really are so I am at an bit of a disadvantge in discussing this considering your specific cionditions, but the vast majority of people on this forum have no reason to heat their coop. They usually risk doing more harm than good. Heat is usually more harmful to chickens than cold. Chickens wear a down coat to keep them warm. Try putting on a heavy down coat and then sit in a heated room. That can get pretty uncomfortable pretty fast.

    As long as they are protected from direct breezes hitting them and they have adequate ventilation, you'd have to live where it is extremely cold, like a long way below zero Fahrenheit, for cold to be a concern. The big danger is frostbite, not them freezing to death. If you have high humidity in the coop, they can get frostbite at temperatures just below freezing. But with decent ventilation, preferably openings higher than the birds when they are roosting, they can easily survive 20 below zero Farenheit or even colder.

    It helps a lot if they are allowed to acclimatize. If you pump warm air into them and then the power goes out, they could be in serious trouble. A dryer would be pumping moist air in the coop when it is drying clothing. Not good. Do you plan to run the dryer full time? If not those temperature swings would not be good for them, even if the power never goes out.

    What do I think? BAD idea, but I am glad you asked. It's better to ask than hurt your chickens. And once again, :frow
  5. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Crowing

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    I would think that would add an excessive amount of moisture that maybe next to impossible to get out. I do understand i am waffling on whether my ladies will need a heat lamp this winter, the coop is nicely vented, draft free that said there are only 4? and the coop is roomy that said i would rather not unless i need too.
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2012
  6. montica

    montica Hatching

    Oct 10, 2012
    Thank you everyone...I have decided against it. I have read several posts on winterizing the coop so i think my girls will be fine. I mean they are chickens after all...guess they are built for the outdoors..LOL

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