Creative and thrifty window idea for chicken coop!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by DeedeesInn, Nov 3, 2015.

  1. DeedeesInn

    DeedeesInn Out Of The Brooder

    My coop has two porthole style windows, one on either end of one of the roosts. My hens love their window seats! One window is a big glass lid and the other is a big glass plate. Both were thrift store finds.

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  2. IceAngel

    IceAngel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is awesome. Nice job, great idea.

    When I saw the curve to the glass in the lid, however, I got a bit worried that someone might copy your idea but not position the window correctly in relation to the sun. Obviously you haven't set your coop on fire but it could happen if the midday sun shines through a curved piece of glass. Just food for thought.
     
  3. blue bird of

    blue bird of Just Hatched

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    I like it..I did the same thing only used colored glass bottles and inserted half way and used silicone to seal in place. Let's in lots of bright colors of light.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Kinda cool!

    Hmm........ wonders about this:
     
  5. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Definitely a great idea.
     
  6. DeedeesInn

    DeedeesInn Out Of The Brooder

    Hi,
    Can you share a picture of how you did that with the bottles? I would love to see it!
     
  7. DeedeesInn

    DeedeesInn Out Of The Brooder

    Hi, my big lid window faces north, so the sun never hits it. I do have to admit I never thought of the possible fire risk when I built my coop...! The big plate window does face the sun, but it's not really curved and hasn't been a problem. I suppose to be safe, it's better to put curved windows on the north side of the coop or in the shade.
     
  8. chickmomma03

    chickmomma03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's cute! I was fortunate enough to have a dilapidated camper in my back yard. I pulled all the windows off and used 2 of the ones that were in the best shape. I want to add a couple small ones on the sides of the coop, but haven't yet.
     
  9. DeedeesInn

    DeedeesInn Out Of The Brooder

    I would love to see how your camper windows turned out! Also, did you see the post of the person who turned an old camper into a coop? It's awesome!
     
  10. chickmomma03

    chickmomma03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used the siding off my camper, door, and the windows off it to build it. It still needs to be painted, but aside from the ugly 70's colors I'm happy with how it turned out. We WERE going to use the whole camper but it wasn't safe, the roof was caving in.

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    I would take a better pic, but it's raining and it's been raining for over a week. It's an older pic, and I've changed up a few things since then (nothing too major, nesting bins/boxes, and a few other things). The building looks crooked but it's not. The roof is angled to allow water drain off.

    ETA:I built the entire building myself with very very minimal help. I had to have help on things that required 2 people like pouring concrete while holding the posts still and holding windows while I secured, but I did a majority of it alone. It took me a couple months of straight hard work and long days, but I'm proud of it so far. I still have things to do, but it's functional now.
     
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