Backyard chicken coops - how to ventilate without creating draft?
Hi there community,
I'm looking to build a backyard chicken coop to house up to 6 chickens, and I'm having a hard time finding good information about the ventilation needs of backyard coops in Berkeley. I'm aware of the 1 sqft of ventilation/chicken rule of thumb, but I'm planning a coop that will only be about 3' tall inside, with the roost being 20" off the floor -- which means that if I add a 12" tall by 6' wide opening to the top of the wall, that opening will be right next to where the chickens roost for the night -- which all of the sites I've found on the internet indicate is no good, as it will be too drafty for the chickens while they're roosting. I'm a bit flummoxed as to how to provide adequate ventilation without making the coop drafty. I'd be so grateful for any wisdom, advice, or guidance from local chicken keepers!