External Nesting Boxes-How to waterproof

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ChillinWithThePeeps, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. ChillinWithThePeeps

    ChillinWithThePeeps Out Of The Brooder

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    We have a coop that has the nesting box built on the backside of it with a hinged lid that lifts up. I have noticed that in the morning the dew drips through the crack where the lid lifts up and when it rains, I have to change all the pine shavings in the nesting box because they are soaked. How do we waterproof the nesting boxes and still keep it functional? The picture I have posted is not our coop, but has the nesting boxes on the back like ours. I am using my laptop and don't have any pictures on here of our actual coop. [​IMG]
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  2. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't really see the hinge but take an old intertube & cut it to cover up the hinge & tack it down.
     
  3. chickenbythesea

    chickenbythesea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we just made a little flap from leftover plastic , it makes it so the rain and condensation runs away from the hinges and doesn't gather and drip into the coop
     
  4. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

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    I too have a flap of rubber over the hinge, but my boxes are slanted so everything runs away from the hinge.
     
  5. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would build a shed roof over top of the boxes. Considering the top of the nest boxes are flat, it can't shed water. I think it needs a little roof over it.
     
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  6. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    Quote:How do you like the coop? I saw them listed here in FL on Craigs list.
     
  7. MareeZoCool

    MareeZoCool Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] I'm so glad you asked that question! I've been wanting to add nesting boxes onto one side of my coop. You have gotten the answers solved to that hinge/ water problem.[​IMG]
     
  8. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That's what I did years ago, thought I'd invented it. I cut strips out of an old intertube and cover the hinge area.
     
  9. Sinfonian

    Sinfonian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Either way you need to control water run off. I definitely like the roof idea. A simple piece of painted plywood attached a few inches up on the coop with a cleat and you're golden.
     
  10. woodenart

    woodenart Out Of The Brooder

    You need a wood baton with waterproof material behind it (we use 5 inch wide plastic used as a damp proof membrane here in GB) then apply a bead of silicone to the plastic and screw to the House above the nest box allowing enough gap to lift the nest box lid.

    Mark.
     
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