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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Ole rooster, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    I have two questions. One is will cypress shaving be ok to use in a small run? Like under the coop. I like cypress because it's heavier and won't fly around like pine.

    And my second question is can a window at any point be considered to large? I have a neighbor with about 30 panes of tinted glass that are around 32"X 36". He says he'll never use them so I can have all I want. I was going to try one in the chicken coop and about 4 in my wife's potting shed. The one I'm going to build after the coop is done. These panes actually came from the Atlanta airport from some demolition work. This is tempered glass with some tint.

    Good or bad?
  2. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Glass is wonderful as it allows the birds to see out on days they stay inside. Only warning is to be sure to ventilate well as glass allows a lot of heat to build up inside the coop, you don't want pre-cooked chickens laying hard boiled eggs
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    Some things I'd consider. The greenhouse effect. Depends on where you are located, but maybe you don't want the glass facing the afernoon or evening sun.

    How much light do you have in the area at night? Too much light at night can cause some problems. They do need their downtime like we do. Consider night lights or maybe passing cars.

    I guess structural support. Those airport lights are probably pretty strong, but are they so big without support that wind could cause damage? I really don't think this will be a concern, but I'll just mention it.

    I'd think the cypress would be OK in the run. It is well ventilated so fumes won't build up. I would not expect cypress to cause much of a problem anyway, but I'd think the ventilation would take care of it if there is a problem.
  4. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    Thanks y'all. I live on 19 acres of which 14 is in the trees. Mostly white oaks. Where I've located the coop the only sun it will see is about 3 hours at around 12:00 till 3:00 and that's because of the tree I had to cut down. No yard light any or other kinda light in here. On a moonless night you can't see the end of your nose. I just went up to the neighbors house a got one of the panes. It measures 31 5/8 x 36 inches.

    I think I'll go with cypress.

    Thanks for your help.

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