Do chickens need windows?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by QuispamChiks, Apr 14, 2011.

  1. QuispamChiks

    QuispamChiks Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 16, 2011
    Silly question, but while it is still on paper, do chickens need windows in their coops?
    I am incorporating plenty of ventilation, but have a big wall in front wall where the roost will be and perhaps can incorporate a view.

    My issue is drafts,cause while I"love" my pretend chicks dearly;) I ain't spending moocho bucks on a triple glazed double hung draft proof view (I do not have that in my own bedroom)

    even Habitat for Humanity ReStore windows are in $40 or more and I have not spent that much yet onthe coop ( all recycled and donated by friends in exchange for pretend eggs!)

    I Thoughts, comments, suggestions?[​IMG]
  2. BarefootMom

    BarefootMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2010
    Half Way, Missouri
    Windows... I don't think they are nessecary, it is nice to let some light in though

    I have seen a lot of people just use hardware cloth and then wither put shutters up for winter or nail the plastic over the hardware cloth during the winter.

    Also I read that Lowes has basement style windows for under $20 each... or you could recycle some windows--I see them all the time for sale on CL, people that have remodeled and have their old windows up for sale.
  3. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 28, 2011
    Panama City, FL
    Window holes covered with sturdy wire/harware cloth do just fine and can be used as ventilation too. Can be covered in cold weather if needed. Some people do spring for glass windows, but I've not heard of a chicken poll that preferred glass to wire.
  4. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2011
    My chickens have venting, but no windows. I think it makes it a nice, safe and dark place to sleep.
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  5. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
    yes i think windows make chickens happier. if they are locked up all day etc. imo [​IMG]
  6. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    During the winter, the daylight is essential. I think they completely love having it. The sunlight beaming in perks them up and is far more humane than living in a dark box all the time. Understand, we have weeks and weeks when they are "coop bound" during the winter. Unfortunately the window I have is east facing. I'd rather it would have southern exposure, but there was no choice. At least they have nice mornings.

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  7. Netherworldtaken

    Netherworldtaken Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 13, 2010
    Our coop window is made with scrape plexi-glass. Doesn't open for ventilation; does works well for light.
  8. QuispamChiks

    QuispamChiks Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 16, 2011
    Good ideas I will keep looking for glass re-use ,

    I guess issue becomes a window right beside the roost and if they
    a) fight over a view and push each other off roost;)

    b)face towards window so I need to shift poop board so it can catch droppings when butt facing away [​IMG]
    ( I read here somewhere the tendancy is to face away from wall when roosting now they will all want a view!)
  9. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    You can get windows, nice ones, used, at Re-Stores everywhere, for cheap.
  10. AinaWGSD

    AinaWGSD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    Sullivan, IL
    Do they need them? Probably not. But I'd be willing to bet that they appreciate them and that windows allowing for extra light in the coop will make them feel "happier" during inclement weather when they don't care to brave the elements and leave the coop. Windows can also be a huge help in ventilation.

    When my husband made our coop, he also made the windows. He saved the pieces of plywood that were cut out of the wall where the windows would be and after marking about 1" around the perimeter cut out the center making a plywood "frame." Then he took some 1x2" furring strips, cut them to length, mitered the corners and screwed them together to make the outer frame. Cut a piece of plexi glass to size and sandwiched it between the plywood frame and the furring strip frame. Attached them to the coop with hinges and viola...custom windows! A lot cheaper than buying any of the window options we saw when we were pricing materials. We did pay about $40 for the plexi glass, but it made 4 windows and we have a leftover piece that is probably big enough to make a 5th small window. They don't quite close all the way, but the bedding in the coop seems to stay dry when it rains so I'm not sure how big an issue that is. We didn't have any frost bite at all this winter and the girls seemed reasonably comfortable even through night time temps below zero. Most of the time they prefer to be outside (usually under the coop) even when the weather is nasty anyway. And when it's warm out we can open them all the way for extra ventilation and air flow. We can also open them only part way to allow for air flow while still providing protection from light-moderate rain.


    The north wall is the only one in the coop that doesn't have a window. On the west wall, there is a window not quite the length of the wall right at roost height. And the long window on the south wall above the nest boxes is also right about roost height. They don't seem to fight over who gets to sit closest to the window. And mine roost both ways (towards and away from the wall that the roost rests on which doesn't have a window).
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