yet another ventilation question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by DutchieWannabe, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. DutchieWannabe

    DutchieWannabe Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 18, 2010
    ok, So its a huge topic since everyone is prepping for winter.... but i havent found a general ventilation rule of thumb.... (ie X amount of birds need Y sq ventilation.) So I have 4 Hens (city code is 3, so im a real rebel now [​IMG] ) my coop is a converted garden shed 10'x4' and about 6 feet tall at the tallest point. how much Ventilation will I need? I seem to have more coop space than birds, but I dont mind- Just wish I could have more ladies. Thanks for all replies

    PS I am only doing ventilation for winter, they have the doors wide open all sumer and only go inside to lay and sleep
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2010
  2. Orchid

    Orchid Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 10, 2010
    North Central MN
    General rule of thumb is 1 sf per chicken.
  3. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2010
    Southern New Jersey
    Quote:This is correct. But if I did this I would lose a whole wall. I just want the air to get out. If you are new to chickens I would follow the recomendation though.
  4. mcostas

    mcostas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2010
    1 square foot per chicken would be 4 square feet, which would be a square 2 ft by 2 ft. Or two 1ft by 1ft squares.

    If I am calculating correctly.
  5. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    Quote:True, but it works best to put the vents up high at the top of the walls. So if your coop is 5' by 5', you could put a 6" by 5' foot vent at the top of each wall and end up with 10 square feet of ventilation! Even if you put the vents only on the top of two walls, you'd get 5 square feet of ventilation. Putting the vents on opposite walls gives you the benefit of cross ventilation, too.

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