How to stop water leakage into the nestbox?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by GardenChickens, Feb 21, 2016.

  1. GardenChickens

    GardenChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi!
    We finished building our coop a few months ago-it's not perfect but it will hold up. However, water can leak through the crack of the nest box lid touching the house and it makes everything wet and it's starting to mould. Does anyone know how can I close the crack and still be able to open the lid?
    Thanks!
     
  2. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could use a flap of waterproof material attached to the wall above the nestboxes--make it long enough to curve down over the crack so the water is directed past it. If the material is floppy enough, it won't interfere with the opening. You may need to caulk between the deflector and the wall though...easiest to do that if you sandwich the edge between two thin boards and then attach THAT to the wall.
     
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  3. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    Quick Fix;
    Tuck tape on its own.
    Another possibility maybe a strip of canvas rubber or some other waterproof material draped over the effected area and held in place by Tuck tape on the vertical wall.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Pics of nests would help.

    Read thru some of the threads in underlined link below/
    advanced search>titles only> leaking nest
     
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  5. kardar2

    kardar2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LoL I did the same thing so what I ended up doing was going to Harbor Freight and buying a small tarp and using screws with washers to hang the tarp.on nicedays I throw the tarp up on the roof and put bricks on it.
     
  6. GardenChickens

    GardenChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Sounds good! I thought of using the inside tube of a bicycle tire? Im just a little worried that the silicon and tire tubing won't look good- I know, I know it's not that important...
     
  7. GardenChickens

    GardenChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok! Do you mean duck tape or...?
     
  8. GardenChickens

    GardenChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    That's a nice idea but I don't think it will work for me! Thanks though
     
  9. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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