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Ventilating A Small Flock House
The most serious objection which can be made against the average small flock or colony house is that they are improperly ventilated, especially while the stock is on the roost at night.

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Most of the trouble which comes in raising young stock, particularly in maturing pullets quickly comes thru faulty ventilation of the roosting quarters during hot weather. In like measure, disease is most prevalent during the damp days of fall and winter in these small poultry houses. In severe cold weather most of the trouble arising from frosted combs and from dampness can be eliminated, if the house is properly ventilated.

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We have, we think, solved this problem in large measure in our small flock house. Our ventilating device is very simple, is built right into the building and it has given us excellent satisfaction now in all kinds of weather. For an experiment, the litter was allowed to remain on the floor for more than six months. At the end of that time, it was of course very dirty, but it was just as dry as the day we put it in, proving that our house was properly ventilated at all times, regardless of the outside weather.

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The plan can be adapted to any house, large or small, but it is most effective in the small flock house or the colony house intended for growing stock. The system consists of two large openings on the south side which are covered with muslin-covered frames. These frames open outward, as shown in the picture for the reason that in this position they tend to keep rains and storms from beating in and soiling the litter. Likewise, in summer, they shade the interior of the house to a large extent, at the same time admitting plenty of air. The windows also provide light and may be opened outward in warm weather. Taken in itself this plan is not new nor out of the ordinary and it would not give the results mentioned, even in a small flock house. But to it we have combined an open ventilator in the rear, which, when used in conjunction with a double-walled roosting board makes it impossible for draughts to reach the stock while on the roosts, but at the same time, provides a constant circulation of air, even on the warmest nights.

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The diagram shows, by the course of the arrows, how the air enters this open dead-air space and follows it down below the roosting board and the nests and comes out into the house under the place where the stock is roosting. If the fronts are open, the air passes out thru them, because they are higher and heated air always rises to a higher level than fresh air.

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On cold, windy days, the opening at the rear is closed, by means of the hinged board shown in the diagram and this prevents draughts coming down upon the hens while they are on the floor. If the air is coming from the other direction, we adjust the muslin frames to admit the amount necessary and cut off the draught.

This gives us dry litter the year around, and healthy, contented and comfortable stock at all seasons. During the past summer two dozen hens were confined in one of the pens, of which this house has two, and they were cool and comfortable even in the hottest weather.

This house, 10 x 12 feet in size will provide roosting quarters for fifty matured Leghorns, and used as a colony coop on runners it would accommodate a great many more than this number of growing chicks.

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