Winterizing question

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by capebird, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. capebird

    capebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My coop has 2 vents that run along the front and rear of the coop.
    I'm wondering if I should close these vents off for the winter to prevent
    cold air from entering the coop. I have 4 barred rocks... the coop is about 4 x 5
    footprint and about 5 feet tall. Please see pict below.
    thanks... I should mention the winter temps here average about 15 to 25 degrees
    during the day .... and can get down to 10 or below at night.
    Thanks

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    Last edited: Oct 28, 2011
  2. wyododge

    wyododge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nope you are good. They will grow the feathers they need. Great lookin coop by the way. You don't really have to worry about the cold until about -40, then really all you need to do is make their roost area smaller with blankets, but always, always, always, always leave your vents wide open.

    you do need to get shingles on that thing before the tar paper curls though... [​IMG]
     
  3. capebird

    capebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the advise.
    This picture was taken before the run roof was shingled....
    so the tar paper is now covered with cedar shingles :)
     
  4. wyododge

    wyododge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:As the saying goes...

    Pics or it didn't happen. [​IMG]

    Really cool lookin coop, and you are very welcome!!
     
  5. ScottyHOMEy

    ScottyHOMEy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Pullet Palace (8x5) has vents set up exactly as yours are. The roosts are under the rear (lower) vents on one end. What I've done to regulate drafts is to put drop down doors in sections over the vents. On each 8' run I have three doors, about evenly divided, using the studs as barriers between the sections. In cold weather, that allows me to close the two on the lower side over the roosts while leaving all of those at the top open. If we get extreme cold winds, I can close some of those on the top temporarily if needed. Warm and moderate weather, all the vents remain wide open.
     
  6. wyododge

    wyododge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When it is coldest out is actually when you need the most ventilation. Fresh air is most critical in extreme conditions, It does not get cold enough in the US to significantly challenge a healthy chicken. Birds survive over here in open face coops. A buddy of mine raises his birds in a coop that has one wall (north), one wall (east), and a roof, the rest is hardware fabric. With -34* and 50 mile an hour winds, he said they just kinda poof up now and then and don't move until morning. Then in the AM they run around like normal.
     

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