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Looking for surefire way of keeping water out of an external nesting box with a swing UP roof?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

I'm struggling to find a way to make sure water doesn't get into the nesting boxes when it's raining hard and sideways against the coop. The water runs down and then into/over the hinges and into the boxes. 

 

I'm being superficial as well.... it has to look good. 

 

Pics would be very welcome. Thanks in advance for any suggestions. 

post #2 of 6

If  you posted a pix, then it would be easier for us.     But this is my suggestion as per your description.    Get a strip of vinyl  flashing and cover that hinge area.    It will look neat and will flex when you open top.    Caulk as needed. 

WISHING YOU BEST.. and :welcome 

post #3 of 6
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This is what i have so far. I am building it in pieces and will assemble in the yard in a couple of weeks. It will slide into a framed section of one of the coup walls. 

 

I have the side opening completed, but am considering a top opening as well if i can figure out how. 

 

post #4 of 6

A piano hinge on the higher side ,  Then attach roof.     Provide sufficient overhang to keep rain out  naturally.   Look like you are a fine craftsman. :thumbsup   Make sure that you have secure latches to keep out predators. 

post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 

Much appreciated. 

 

I've got a piano hinge (currently attached to the bottom door), but i can move that to the top and get regular hinges for the bottom. I'll look for the vinyl flashing as well. 

post #6 of 6

Why not just have the back open for egg access.....and build a caulked nest roof with large over hangs?

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."

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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."

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