Ventilation In Your Coop – Why Is It Important & How To Provide It

Ventilation In Your Coop

Many chicken keepers tend to forget the importance of ventilation in their coop and they build their coop without leaving room for it. Ventilation is important both for the summer and the winter for your chickens. Forgetting to add ventilation in your chicken coop plans may lead to some problems later in your time as a chicken keeper. This is what inspired us at the team to prepare this article for our readers.

Why Is Proper Ventilation Important?

Chickens provide a lot of moisture, and moisture leads to bacteria stacking up and bacteria stacking up leads to diseases in your flock. Ventilation removes moisture from the coop. As we said before chickens provide seriously large amounts of water vapor when they breathe and when they poo. Chickens process a lot of water and that is why proper hydration is important. A lot of water makes the air in the humid. Proper ventilation removes the bad smell out of the coop and that can be very helpful if you want to keep happy and healthy chickens and it will make going out to the coop easier.

When Is Proper Ventilation Needed?

Proper ventilation is always needed in your coop, even in winter – if you are afraid that your chickens may be cold with a few more windows in the coop you can build the kind of windows that you can close and open as needed. Maybe not as much as they need fresh water but still chickens need fresh air also in order to provide eggs and meat with more quality and safer to eat.

What Kind Of Ventilation Systems Are There?

  • Active (or mechanical)
    Active ventilation means using a fan or other electrical devices in order to provide air circulation in your coop. Honestly, we at the team don`t like this method of ventilation because using electricity increases the risk in your coop even if it is properly isolated.
  • Passive
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    Passive ventilation means that the air circulates through window openings and without any help from electrical devices. Wind provides the passive ventilation in the coop and this one is also the safest method for most chicken keepers.

  • Turbine
    In the turbine ventilation method the wind also plays a crucial part. What makes the turbine ventilation method different from the passive method is that along with the window openings chicken keepers use wind turbines from the coop. This is recommended for those chicken keepers that live in windy and stormy areas.

What About Weather Conditions?

This part depends totally on the chicken keeper and how much they know their chickens but still we will try to explain it the best we can.

  • Winter
    Look at your chickens, if they indicate that they are cold by getting close to each other or to the heat source you have provided for them during the winter it is a good idea that you close some of the windows or just lower the amount of air circulation in your coop in whatever way you use to control it.
  • Summer
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    Open all of the windows and provide as much as air circulation as possible, watch the behavior of your chickens and if they indicate that they are stressed from the heat by bullying each other and making unpleasant noises it is a good idea that you provide some extra ventilation in your coop.

    What do you use for ventilation in your chicken coop? Share your thoughts and opinions with us in the comments below or via e-mail