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Does anyone have Plexiglass windows in ur coops?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Hangin Wit My Peeps, May 15, 2008.

  1. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    We are planning on making some windows but didn't want to spend 50 bucks a piece on them so we just got plexiglass and are going to make home made windows...has anyone done that and is it ok in the cold weather? We get pretty cold here so I'm worried about drafts and stuff. We did get weather stripping to add to it. Can I see pictures of your plexiglass windows!!??
     
  2. Peeps

    Peeps Out Of The Brooder

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    Sounds like ya'll are building a pretty snazzy coop. If you make a plexi glass window will you be able to open it? The heat is much worse than the cold. It gets so cold here the water in my waterer freezes. My waterer is in the coop! My windows are just open with chicken wire over them and I never close them. I was going to put shutters on the windows so I can close it in the winter, but when I saw them all out playing in the freezing cold rain and snow I decided they didnt need the windows closed. Chickens are not like tropical birds, drafts don't bother them.
     
  3. TerrasCritters

    TerrasCritters In a new coop

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    I do not have the coop anymore due to the move, but my dad when i lived at home put a plexie glass window on my coop, did fine in the cold and let in a little light, it was a small window, but I was able to be in the coop and watch the house at the same time.
    Your coop sounds like it will be wonderful!
     
  4. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    We added a plexiglass window to our Post Brooder Coop. We used mirror hangers to hold it in place.

    Pix taken before I added window screen and half inch by half inch hardware cloth to the inside of window...

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    We were given the plexiglass scaps years ago and had been keeping them until we could find I use for them. We cut the window according to the "scrap size". Will take a measurement of it later today.

    Chickens...the perfect excuse for a pack-rat habit! [​IMG]


    Dawn
     
  5. Jayare's Chicks

    Jayare's Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a plexi glass window in my coop also and I did almost the same thing as the pic above. I cut the hole in the coop about an inch smaller all the way around and drilled holes in the top, bottom and both sides through the plexi glass and the wall of the coop and bolted them in place. Then I screwed in some wood around the window to frame it in.

    Jayare
     
  6. Anny

    Anny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
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    Quote:Do you have that silver insulation board in your coop? Do you like it? Do they peak at it? Are you going to cover it or leave it exposed?
     
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Plexiglas makes perfectly fine windows, but it would really really be best to have it in a wooden frame so that it's openable for ventilation (sliding or hinged is easier than trying to duplicate a house-style sash window, tho!). The opening should be hardware-cloth covered, inside, to keep predators etc out. You can weatherstrip, on the outside so the chickens can't peck at it if it's a low window, if you are concerned about winter drafts.

    Have fun,

    Pat
     
  8. Peeps

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    Quote:That is exactly what I was going to do. Make 2 wooden frames (like shutters) with hinges on the sides so they can be opened and closed and have a latch so they can be securely closed in the winter. Then I decided they really didn't need it.
     
  9. curliet

    curliet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rick did put 3 plexi windows in our coop, and they do not open. However, on the back side of the coop, up high in the wall he has 2 small hinged openings, that have hardware cloth nailed right to the studs. These are vents that can be opened for fresh air, held shut with barrel clasps and are opposite the door. You can see them in this pic, but being closed, are a little difficult to see. BTW, the 3rd window is on the opposite side, that little one at the bottom is the chicken door, LOL.
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  10. KellyGwen

    KellyGwen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Jayare's Chicks :

    I have a plexi glass window in my coop also and I did almost the same thing as the pic above. I cut the hole in the coop about an inch smaller all the way around and drilled holes in the top, bottom and both sides through the plexi glass and the wall of the coop and bolted them in place. Then I screwed in some wood around the window to frame it in.

    Jayare

    I did the same thing! I did steal the plexi off of my rabbit hutch though.. I'll need to get a new piece for Chubs!

    The window doesn't open, but I have a "people door" I can open out into the run and the front of the coop is sectioned so I can open both front doors to let in light and air in the summer, but the chickens can't get out... I mainly put the plexi window in for light [​IMG]

    You can see pics on my blog...
    http://kellygwensfarm.blogspot.com/
     

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