Fitting Hardware cloth to screen frames?

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

  1. HenoftheWoods

    HenoftheWoods In the Brooder

    Feb 23, 2011
    Ortonville, MI
    Hello! I just got some double hung windows from Craig's List and want to use them for my coop. They have original screens with them. (I think they are Hansen Windows) I would like to remove the original screens and use 1/2 half inch hardware cloth instead for the original screen material is). The original screen is whimpy home screen. Any advise would be appreciated.
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    There is probably no way to secure hardware cloth to the same framework as the regular window screen
  3. journey11

    journey11 Songster

    Feb 14, 2009
    You could make frame out of wood to fit snuggly within the window, use 1x2's or something smaller, then use a staple gun to attach the hardware cloth to the wood frame. Then you'd need to find some way to fix it into place within the window. Usually window frames will have a lip that holds the screen frames from falling out. Work with that and maybe attach 2 wooden strips to the coop wall across the new frame to keep it from falling out. You'll want to make it removeable though, so you can close up the windows in cold weather.

    ETA: The pup in your profile pic is adorable! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2011
  4. elmo

    elmo Crowing

    May 23, 2009
    Are the windows conventional single or double hung? Slide up and down?

    Then what I'd do is put them in the coop as is, with the screens intact. Then, on the outside of the coop, I'd build a wood frame around the window on the exterior coop wall and attach my hardware cloth to this wood in the usual way (screws and washers are very secure). Either that, or you could attach the hardware cloth to the exterior wal of the coop and put the wood frame or sill over the hardware cloth. It would look better and more finished that way, and also be very secure.

    You'll be able to open and close the window as usual from the inside of the coop. The screen will keep out mosquitoes!
  5. Newbie in Screamer Al

    Newbie in Screamer Al Chirping

    Jan 11, 2011
    Ditto. Good idea, and pretty easy to do.
  6. Pineywoods Peepers

    Pineywoods Peepers Certified Poultry Accruer

    Hubby framed a small rectangle which we covered with hardware cloth that we mounted to the interior of our coop on the bottom of the windows where the screens were. We put them on the interior because it's very humid here in East Texas, and I didn't want to mount them to the outside and chance the trim rotting away.

    Here are some pictures:

    We put ours on hinges so we could easily open and close the windows.
  7. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    Excellent. That is exactly what I am planning for the three windows in my coop. It will also keep my smaller birds out of the window sill.
  8. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    Here's how we attached hardware cloth to plain wood: (washers and screws)

  9. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    A lot of people recommend large washers and screws for attaching hardware cloth because of raccoons ripping the staples out.
  10. jlj

    jlj In the Brooder

    Jun 5, 2010
    Fredericksburg, Va
    What a wonderful concept!
    I Love the hinge Idea!

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