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door warping

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kdcrws, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. kdcrws

    kdcrws Songster

    Aug 18, 2008
    L.C. FL
    We live in N. FL and have horrible weather (thanks to Fay)! My husband and I spent the better part of a three day weekend building our chicken tractor, now after all this rain the egg door on the side has totally warped and has a gap big enough for my two chicks to get out...Do u all think that putting an extra latch on it will do the trick or should we replace the door all together?

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    this was before the rain. The door fit tight now there is a gap as wide as my hand!

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  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    What type of wood did you use? It might need a frame and cross bars to keep it flat.
     
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Well, for certain you need a second latch - I strongly suspect that a predator could pry the corner open (at least enough to get a better grip and rip the whole thing apart) the way it is, with only the 1 latch in the extreme lower R.

    As to whether that is 'enough' I would be concerned that the wood is not done warping. Is it primed/painted on all sides or just the outside? (do it all over). And as silkiechicken says, you may need to stabilize it with a frame of 1x3 or something like that.

    Good luck,

    Pat
     
  4. kdcrws

    kdcrws Songster

    Aug 18, 2008
    L.C. FL
    Quote:I only painted the outside..[​IMG] oops! Chicks are in Dog kennel on the screened in porch for now until we can do repairs this Sun. so they r ok.

    Do you think it would help to shingle it too? & thanks for the advice!!!
     

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