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We have a coop that has the nesting box built on the backside of it with a hinged lid that lifts up.  I have noticed that in the morning the dew drips through the crack where the lid lifts up and when it rains, I have to change all the pine shavings in the nesting box because they are soaked.  How do we waterproof the nesting boxes and still keep it functional?  The picture I have posted is not our coop, but has the nesting boxes on the back like ours.  I am using my laptop and don't have any pictures on here of our actual coop. big_smile
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Edited by ChillinWithThePeeps - 7/7/11 at 3:13am

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Sun Loving Wife, Mom of 3 awesome kids, 3 Boston Terriers, 1 Pug, 1 Dachshund, 2 German Shepherd/Lab Mixes, 5 Lazy Cats, 2 Guinea Pigs, 2 Birds,  2 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Aracaunas, 2 White Rocks, 1 Barred Rock, 1 Welsummer, 1 Jersey Giant, 1 Americana and 1 Comet.... I am gonna need an Ark soon... *SIGH*

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post #2 of 19

I can't really see the hinge but take an old intertube & cut it to cover up the hinge & tack it down.

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I'm out of eggs. But I know where some brown ones are. I now raise big Ol' Honkin' Bob Whites & Layed back Coturnix. Pray For Rain In Texas!

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post #3 of 19

we just made a little flap from leftover  plastic , it makes it so the rain and condensation runs away from the hinges and doesn't gather and drip into the coop

post #4 of 19

I too have a flap of rubber over the hinge, but my boxes are slanted so everything runs away from the hinge.

post #5 of 19

I would build a shed roof over top of the boxes. Considering the top of the nest boxes are flat, it can't shed water. I think it needs a little roof over it.


Edited by Ole rooster - 7/8/11 at 8:18am
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Originally Posted by ChillinWithThePeeps 

We have a coop that has the nesting box built on the backside of it with a hinged lid that lifts up.  I have noticed that in the morning the dew drips through the crack where the lid lifts up and when it rains, I have to change all the pine shavings in the nesting box because they are soaked.  How do we waterproof the nesting boxes and still keep it functional?  The picture I have posted is not our coop, but has the nesting boxes on the back like ours.  I am using my laptop and don't have any pictures on here of our actual coop. big_smile
http://img5.sellersourcebook.com/users/107747/3mb3o53pa5o55w55p2b767360d0aeb63a167d.jpg


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post #7 of 19

cool I'm so glad you asked that question! I've been wanting to add nesting boxes onto one side of my coop. You have gotten the answers solved to that hinge/ water problem.wink

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~ MARIE~, ZOey's nana in COOLville, Ohio
1 rooster(OEGame/Andalusian mix), 1 B.A./OEG hen,1 Black Jersey Giant hen, 1 Black Astralorp hen; 1 - ~White Plymouth Rock "Klucky". 1~Delaware hen.
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post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by 7L Farm 

I can't really see the hinge but take an old intertube & cut it to cover up the hinge & tack it down.


That's what I did years ago, thought I'd invented it. I cut strips out of an old intertube and cover the hinge area.

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post #9 of 19

Either way you need to control water run off. I definitely like the roof idea. A simple piece of painted plywood attached a few inches up on the coop with a cleat and you're golden.

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post #10 of 19

You need a wood baton with waterproof material behind it (we use 5 inch wide plastic used as a damp proof membrane here in GB) then apply a bead of silicone to the plastic and screw to the House above the nest box allowing enough gap to lift the nest box lid.

Mark.


Edited by woodenart - 7/7/11 at 10:58am
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