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Predator Proof Window with an Automatic Shut and Lock Trigger

By RonP, Sep 21, 2016 | Updated: Sep 24, 2016 | | |
  1. RonP
    So on my never ending quest to add more ventilation for those hot summer days, I decided to rehinge, 2 2x2 windows on the sunny side of my coop.

    These 2 windows were originally installed to swing open left and right.
    As installed, they offered little to no protection against a driving rain so I just nailed them shut.

    After a spell of sheer boredom, I removed the existing hinges, 2 per window, and reattached them to the top of each window. I again used scrap lumber to join the two windows, thus 1 large heavy 2x4 foot window.

    I salvaged a couple of new and used 2x4s, and reframed the windows so they would no longer be flush with the siding, but recessed into the 2x4 crude framing.

    I then used 1/2 hardware cloth to secure the opening from predators.
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    This makes a nice addition to the already well ventilated coop.

    I fashioned another piece of scrap lumber to keep the window opened, and as a trigger to close it.
    I attached a bungee cord to one end of the trigger, the other end to the inside of the frame.
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    Well..., as designed and as of 09/14/16 twice racoon tested, the trigger was released, coons presumingly got a lesson, window slammed closed, the bungee wedged the window shut and cushioned the slamming impact.

    It was so difficult to open, I had to install a handle.
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    I later modified the "trigger" to make it more sensitive.
    The window now shuts and seals with wind gusts over 15 mph making it storm as well as predator resistant.

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    Closed and locked in position for winter stormy weather.
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    Crude construction, I know, but I'm working with a 45+ year old shed, and anything is an improvement
    I hope this helps someone with an idea [​IMG]

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  1. perchie.girl
    good way to "teach em" that coops bite...

    deb
  2. GregT
    Looks great .. RonP .. Also like the over-all look of the coop and surrounding's
  3. Hrhchazman
    Great idea, and nice job.

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