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# Building New Coop/Barn...Phase 5 Great Barn Build, OCCUPIED! 3/6/16 - Page 40

DH's awning idea. We did one window, expecting some rain overnight and will see how this does. If okay, will do the other back window. Not sure about the ones facing the house yet.

From inside first:

~A dog on its owner's property is a pet; A dog on someone else's property is a predator~

"You don't breed stupid" & "Hens are not vending machines" ~speckledhen

~A dog on its owner's property is a pet; A dog on someone else's property is a predator~

"You don't breed stupid" & "Hens are not vending machines" ~speckledhen

Is that a piece of plexiglass on top?

Does the top section of the window open?

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Quote:
Originally Posted by aart

Is that a piece of plexiglass on top?

Does the top section of the window open?

That is a piece of fairly thin plexiglass. No, the top of the window does not open, it's stationary.

~A dog on its owner's property is a pet; A dog on someone else's property is a predator~

"You don't breed stupid" & "Hens are not vending machines" ~speckledhen

~A dog on its owner's property is a pet; A dog on someone else's property is a predator~

"You don't breed stupid" & "Hens are not vending machines" ~speckledhen

Quote:
Originally Posted by speckledhen

Quote:
Originally Posted by aart

Is that a piece of plexiglass on top?

Does the top section of the window open?

That is a piece of fairly thin plexiglass. No, the top of the window does not open, it's stationary.

Sorry, I'm afraid that'll only deflect a pretty much straight down rain... with little to no wind....out of the lower open window.

But only time will tell....hope for some more rain to test the prototype.

......and honestly, it's rather unattractive.

Only thing I can think of off hand is to make it wider and move it down directly over the lower window, spanning the window frame?

Not a great option, sorry for being negative.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Quote:
Originally Posted by aart

Sorry, I'm afraid that'll only deflect a pretty much straight down rain... with little to no wind....out of the lower open window.

But only time will tell....hope for some more rain to test the prototype.

......and honestly, it's rather unattractive.

Only thing I can think of off hand is to make it wider and move it down directly over the lower window, spanning the window frame?

Not a great option, sorry for being negative.

Yeah, well, when you have no \$\$ for anything "proper" (less expensive awnings are at least \$150 each and we still have a corrugated steel building, not a flat surface to attach them to) and also cannot pay someone to install anything, you're rather stuck. I'm frankly sick of always having to make do, but this is my life.

At the lower window, there is no steel framing member behind the siding. The screws went into the steel framers.

~A dog on its owner's property is a pet; A dog on someone else's property is a predator~

"You don't breed stupid" & "Hens are not vending machines" ~speckledhen

~A dog on its owner's property is a pet; A dog on someone else's property is a predator~

"You don't breed stupid" & "Hens are not vending machines" ~speckledhen

I thought it looks really clever, I like making my own stuff if I can pull it off.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
Quote:
Originally Posted by oldhenlikesdogs

I thought it looks really clever, I like making my own stuff if I can pull it off.

I don't mind it, but sometimes, like having this building put up by someone else, I just want to NOT have to always make do, jerry-rig, scrounge and scavenge.

We're getting rain Saturday. We'll see how this one does. If it's not bad, he'll make a second one for the other window, BUT I don't want these on the windows on the side facing the house and told him so. No one sees these, no one lives behind the barn. I think they'd look better if the PVC was spray painted almond and would blend in with the building. I looked at awnings all over the place and to me, the metal ones are just uglier than this is. The canvas ones won't hold up on that side of the barn. The three windows facing the house may get real awnings, but we still have the issue of a metal corrugated building.

~A dog on its owner's property is a pet; A dog on someone else's property is a predator~

"You don't breed stupid" & "Hens are not vending machines" ~speckledhen

~A dog on its owner's property is a pet; A dog on someone else's property is a predator~

"You don't breed stupid" & "Hens are not vending machines" ~speckledhen

I have trying to stay quiet, but you seem to be having the same kind of luck like me, things don't seem to want to work out like I want and it's always the hard way. I know at some point it's all going to just settle into place for you, it is frustrating to pay someone to do it for you only to find out they don't have the same ways or standards that you do. Probably clique, but my advice is to keep on trucking.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock

I actually think that is very attractive and the plexiglass makes it much less noticeable than a solid awning would be.  It might need to be a little wider and longer but I think it's a great idea. It certainly is a lot nicer looking than some of the jerry-rigged solutions I have around my barns!

4+ acres, 32 chickens of assorted breeds, 3 old dogs, 1 cat, a big veggie garden and 2 old people.  "The Old Chickens Home" should be the name of my farm, for more than one reason!
4+ acres, 32 chickens of assorted breeds, 3 old dogs, 1 cat, a big veggie garden and 2 old people.  "The Old Chickens Home" should be the name of my farm, for more than one reason!
Quote:
Originally Posted by oldhenlikesdogs

I have trying to stay quiet, but you seem to be having the same kind of luck like me, things don't seem to want to work out like I want and it's always the hard way. I know at some point it's all going to just settle into place for you, it is frustrating to pay someone to do it for you only to find out they don't have the same ways or standards that you do. Probably clique, but my advice is to keep on trucking.

No choice but to keep on, right? Hope things get better for you, too, soon.

You know, I don't see any commercially made awnings that look nice. Awnings, by nature, to me, are butt-ugly. Houses in the 50's had them a lot, including my aunt's house I remember quite well. Here is an example that is fairly typical of what I see for sale-now, see how basic this is? That thing in the size I need is \$180 plus tax and delivery. And multiply times five-there is simply no way, not with what has to be spent inside to make floors, pens, etc.

This type below to me is just the ugliest nastiest look on the planet.

DH got the idea from an awning company's drawing of framework for their awnings in the instructions for putting them together. I do think the PVC needs some spray almond/sand paint, though.

Edited by speckledhen - 1/7/16 at 12:36pm

~A dog on its owner's property is a pet; A dog on someone else's property is a predator~

"You don't breed stupid" & "Hens are not vending machines" ~speckledhen

~A dog on its owner's property is a pet; A dog on someone else's property is a predator~