Premium Feather Member
I really tried to get a decent picture for you but pretty much failed so did a sketch (please don't laugh - there is a reason I don't make my living through art!).Would you happen to have a pic of the baffle? I will remember to slip my hands under the wings. Haha Love it.
The first picture shows what I mean by the whole of the gable end being open (protected by hardware cloth of course). There is literally no solid wall there both ends are the same and that allows a lot of air flow high up above the chickens.
The coop is oriented along the prevailing wind and I was in there finishing up details during a blizzard and it was kind of snowing inside because of sideways blown snow. The chickens weren't that bothered by it - the snow was the fine dry kind that flies around.
Anyway that is when I decided a baffle would be a good idea to stop it snowing on top of the chickens heads when they slept.
The 2nd and 3rd photos show the baffle in place and open, resting on a rafter. It is hard to see what is going on but you can also see that the soffits are open (with hardware cloth) and there is also a roof ridge vent and windows that I leave partially open most of the time. There are additional areas where I have cut holes in the walls so there really is a load of ventilation.
Finally there is my sketch of how it works.
Theoretically, if snow built up on it, then it would eventually melt and drip down inside where the baffle hinge meets the coop wall. I am not too worried about that because I can always close the baffle if we have a serious blizzard (I just push it up with a long stick) and there is so much ventilation that a bit of wet coming in will dry out in no time.
Hope this helps. By the way, I didn't close the baffles at all last winter and we had record cold (single digit F) and record snow - but not a lot of wind blowing during the snow.