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NatJ

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Until this actual moment reading your thoughts, I honestly hadn't thought of it. 😳 I think we just got caught up on the coop hype.

At this point, it's pretty much framed and partially built, so we may continue on. I mostly wanted to ensure the chickens were as secure as possible.
Two possible modifications, given that it is inside the garage, and already partly framed:

You could cover the frame with hardware cloth (contain chickens, protect from predators), and not bother with solid walls. This will be fine for the chickens, will make their space feel more open, and will let you see the chickens anytime you are in the garage. The garage will get VERY dusty, but probably not much worse than your plan of partly-solid walls vented into the garage.

Or you could make all walls inside the garage be completely solid, and add ventilation from the coop directly to outdoors. This would keep most of the dust out of the garage, but makes the chicken space feel smaller, and you can't see them when you are in the garage (until you open their coop & walk in.)
 
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Two possible modifications, given that it is inside the garage, and already partly framed:

You could cover the frame with hardware cloth (contain chickens, protect from predators), and not bother with solid walls. This will be fine for the chickens, will make their space feel more open, and will let you see the chickens anytime you are in the garage. The garage will get VERY dusty, but probably not much worse than your plan of partly-solid walls vented into the garage.

Or you could make all walls inside the garage be completely solid, and add ventilation from the coop directly to outdoors. This would keep most of the dust out of the garage, but makes the chicken space feel smaller, and you can't see them when you are in the garage (until you open their coop & walk in.)
We're all gathered around reading 3KillerBs articles on the roofing and ventilation. We got to the point where we all agree that our plan is not great and were brainstorming again when we read THIS awesome observation. Such great ideas. Thank you!
 

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We're all gathered around reading 3KillerBs articles on the roofing and ventilation. We got to the point where we all agree that our plan is not great and were brainstorming again when we read THIS awesome observation. Such great ideas. Thank you!

How much ventilation does your garage have?

The goal is to have the same temperature inside as out and that's likely to be difficult in a garage without significant modification. :)
 
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How much ventilation does your garage have?

The garage has a hip roof with no ceiling and open rafters.
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There are several of these static ventilation units on top.
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There are windows on three sides of the garage (that do not open), and the three doors that usually remain closed. We took out one of the Windows (4'x4') and partially covered the area with exterior wall, screen, and the coop door. It felt AMAZING to stand next to the screen and coop door. I'm not sure if the open garage door had anything to do with that.

We could remove everything we built into the window area, screen it, and just screen up our indoor framing.

We do get 0°F weather in the winter. Not sure how chicken-cold that is.
 

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The garage has a hip roof with no ceiling and open rafters.
View attachment 3178692
There are several of these static ventilation units on top.
View attachment 3178696

There are windows on three sides of the garage (that do not open), and the three doors that usually remain closed. We took out one of the Windows (4'x4') and partially covered the area with exterior wall, screen, and the coop door. It felt AMAZING to stand next to the screen and coop door. I'm not sure if the open garage door had anything to do with that.

We could remove everything we built into the window area, screen it, and just screen up our indoor framing.

We do get 0°F weather in the winter. Not sure how chicken-cold that is.

If the garage is hotter than the outside with the garage door closed then it's not going to be suitable for chickens.

You need to think square FEET of ventilation rather than square inches and those little vent units in the roof aren't going to move the kind of airflow that's necessary. :(

If you go down to 0F then an Open Air coop may not be the best choice. Are you one of the places that get very hot summers and very cold winters? If so, you should read both these articles.

https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/hot-climate-chicken-housing-and-care.77263/

https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/cold-weather-poultry-housing-and-care.72010/
 

racyfamily

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Reading through your plans again... If the coop is inside a garage, why even build a coop? Would it be possible to just use the garage? Just set up a roosting area and some nesting boxes? Sounds very cool to me! Wish I can an unused garage for mine! Would make winters much easier.... But maybe I'm not understanding correctly...
My husband would just kill right now for a garage. The property we just bought didn’t have one so know we have to make it. My husband would be so mad if I even thought to use a 3 car garage. 😂 but I agree that would be a REALLY cool set up!
 
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My husband would just kill right now for a garage. The property we just bought didn’t have one so know we have to make it. My husband would be so mad if I even thought to use a 3 car garage. 😂 but I agree that would be a REALLY cool set up!
Mine wanted a 3 car garage too! But then he never used it?! He's a little salty about the chickens using it, but honestly... What else is happening there? Spider breeding?
 

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