Best Fan for a Chicken Coop
Thanks for taking your time to read our review on the best fan for a chicken coop. There is some disagreement as to whether you should actually use a fan in a coop. Some owners say that chickens don't sweat, and as long as you provide them with some water, then they will be fine.
Other owners say that at times it can be stifling hot, and providing air circulation in a coop is important. There are a few things that you can try, but a good small inexpensive fan, is as good a solution as any.
Owners have suggested that it might be easier to add an extra window, and allow ventilation through that. That would work but that can also be quite a bit of work especially if your coop is up and running.
Adding vents is for us a simpler solution and they will allow more air in. The fan is however a very simple thing to install, and most of the suitable ones only cost around $15-20, so all round we think a decent solution.
What Makes a Good Fan for a Chicken Coop?
The bottom line for us is that you don't need anything to fancy, and appearance is not of vital importance. We believe that you need something that can do the following:
- Create a decent airflow through the coop
- Last for ages with no maintenance
- Be quiet and effective
- Not over powerful to prevent dust getting blown around
- Be easy to clean as over time they will get dusty in there
What Fan Do We Recommend?
We recommend the AC Infinity AXIAL 1225 muffin fan. This costs under $20 and has been designed by the manufacturer for any type of project that needs some form of cooling or ventilation.
This particular model from AC Infinity is made from heavy duty aluminum and comes with a cord, two guards and the mounting screw set.
We like this one in particular because, it runs on dual ball bearings and that will give you a lifespan of 67,000 hours. That is pretty impressive for a fan costing lest than $20.
It also has a low speed so will not kick up dust, and yet be effective enough to circulate the air around. The majority of online buyers say this fan is quiet, so won't frighten the chickens, and won't irritate you.
The Important Features
Easy to Fit
Fitting of this fan doesn't really get much easier. This fan runs off 100 to 125V AC and they comes with the power cord. You simply have to plug it into a wall outlet to start the fan. The fan comes with dual fan guards and the screw set.
The power cord is 4 feet long and can be easily attached to the fan's metal terminals which allows it to be powered through a wall outlet. If you prefer you can cut the cord and convert into lead wires that can then be connected to a wired AC power source.
The fan guards are two 120 millimeter metal fan guards and the mounting screw set allows you to attach it to a wall or roof. You can mount it in any direction that you prefer.
Built to Last
You will want something that is robust, suitable for the coop and will just work when you need it. In the soaring heat of the summer day, you just want some air circulating quickly.
The housing of this fan is constructed of die-cast aluminum which has been painted black. It has been made to perform extremely well in harsh environments and will stand up to the odd knock or two.
The impeller and blades are molded with thermoplastic and meets UL 94 standards for resistance to flammability.
The motor is Impedance protected and has windings with a higher resistance to heat during a rotor lock.
The blades run on long life dual ball bearings, and can be run continuously for 67,000 hours and be mounted in any direction.
Low Run Speed and Low Noise
This is a low speed fan and low speed fans are suitable for any job that needs a lower noise level and can accept a weaker airflow.
For this reason this model works well for wood stove heaters, room to room doorways, amplifiers, coops and more.
Fan Specification and What that Means
- Measures 4.7 x 4.7 x 1 in.
- 100-125V AC
- Airflow - 51 CFM - stands for how many cubic feet per minute pf air it will move (it is also referred to as airflow)
- Noise 30 dBA - 30 db is about the sound of a whisper (60 db is normal conversation level)
- Speed 1800 RPM
- Hole to hole distance 4.14 x 4.14 in. (10.5 x 10.5 cm)
- Screw hole Size Ø 0.17 in. (Ø 0.4 cm)
- Power 8 watts
- Operating Temperature 14 to 230 degrees F
- Operating Humidity 35 to 85% RH
Our Conclusion on Fans for Chicken Coops
- We think this is a terrific little fan, that is very quiet and very well built.
- You have to experience the summer heat and humidity to appreciate just how good a job this fan does at circulating the air around
- Muffin fans are designed to help keep areas cool by providing a decent airflow
- You can also buy a simple thermal controller for this if you want to set times r temperatures when it comes on and off.
- You can also buy a dust cover for this, though we think it is easy enough to clean