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We have a small flock on barred rock hens and one rooster in out bioshelter. We currently have 20 hens, but have space for up to 50. The poultry room is in the north east corner of the bioshelter. The room is mostly sealed with a vapor barrier and and air exchange with the rest of the bioshelter is controlled. We put frsh straw on the bedding each morning to eliminate odors and keep ammonia from evaporating from the droppings. Chicken feed is supplemented with greens from the bioshelter. Most of the year, the chickens have free access to a forge yard attached to the bioshelter. The yard has several paddocks where we can rotate chickens every few months.
In addition to providing eggs, the chickens provide carbon dioxide and body heat to the bioshelter environment. Beding is composted each spring.
more on composting in the greenhouse later.
 
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What general room of thumb do you incorporate as far as capacity and space available in a greenhouse for chickens. Also, do you have any empirical data in the temperature gain? For example, a greenhouse of a certain estimated volume will maintain x amount of additional heat compared to the normal surrounding environment. Thank you for your time.
 
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I would love to see pictures of this!
 
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Guarren cito wrote:I would love to see pictures of this!



Me too!

I'd like to see if I could pull off bringing chickens onto my property next year. I have an old wood shed I'd like to convert and I've seen some pretty awesome systems with cool tunnels and funky stuff - would love to see pics of this combo of greenhouse & chickens.
 
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If I have to research a new topic there is the usual way, use the search engines, and then there is typing in the subject in the search field, followed by the word
images , or the word pictures, So [chickens in greenhouses pictures] its like having a second parallel search engine.

Anyway there are scads of pictures of chickens in greenhouse (and rabbits), Just find an interesting picture and odds are the article it connects to is better than
average!

Thanks, and a Tip of the hat to Jay C. White Cloud who shared it with me ! For the good of the Crafts ! Big AL
 
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