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    Default Carport to Coop....has anyone used a carport for a coop?

    I have purchased a 20X35 carport and enclosed it. The floor is dirt, and pine shavings. This has been a very costly build, but the chickens have full run and plenty of room. There is plenty of ventilation on the longer sides where the siding meets the roof and at the top of the roof itself. I have noticed that, of course, there are wet areas where snow has melted next to the outside walls. Not a lot of wet area and no standing water, inside is 98% -ish dry. There is also condensation on the inside of the roof that freezes.
    I was not planning on insulating the coop, but after this winter I think I will. I have two roosters and the lower one in the pecking order has minor frost bite on his comb and wattles. I feel so bad. I built this coop because last year they were in and "old Hickory" 8X12 shed. In that shed they did not have enough ventilation but they were warm because I took the time to insulate it. With the little amount of ventilation in the Hickory shed there was ammonia build up when they were indoors for days due to snow. I struggled with this all last winter and decided I was not going to do it again.
    I wanted more chickens, and knew I would need more room, so I decided to build the Car Port coop and their 35X 40 chain link run. Right now it is just one large open room for them. Eventually I will have one large run and three smaller one's for the roosters.
    Has anyone else done something similar? I have some questions if you have.

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    Interestin.

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    Your birds are really lucky! Yeah, such problems are really common. I think it's better to move birds to another place, I mean a smaller one, where they'll stop freezing. Or you can add more thermal insulation, especially in the corners. A lot of warmth comes through them. As for ammoniac, I don't know. I even don't know who you can ask. Those birds are vulnerable, especially to cold. I also own some carports converted into a chicken coop. Looks like this idea is pretty popular.

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