natural light options

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ericz, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. ericz

    ericz Out Of The Brooder

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    hi all,

    here's the skeleton of the coop i am building from salvaged stuff (and some necessarily new stuff):

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    i am thinking of putting the window on the right side of the front, and also putting a soda-bottle-light on the roof over that same side of the coop. then i will leave the left half of the coop "dark". this will be where the nest boxes go.



    here's what i mean by "soda-bottle" light:

    http://lonelyweekends.com/248-recycle-and-innovation-plastic-soda-bottle-a-source-of-light.php



    sound like a good plan?

    thanks,

    -eric
     
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2011
  2. M.sue

    M.sue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like cool plan! I'd just make sure that soda pop light doesn't leek when it rains.....seal good around it.
     
  3. yellowirenut

    yellowirenut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    face the window to the south for the most amount of sun yr round.
     
  4. M.sue

    M.sue Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2011
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    Quote:Absolutely [​IMG]
     
  5. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    A South window would only be effective for birds that are inside all day.
    I vote for window on the East. Chickens will stay outside until dark so the south window will have no effect.
    An East window at roost height will give the maximum natural light.
     
  6. upthecreek

    upthecreek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love new ideas
     
  7. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I have a sky light I had put into my coop... but almost wish I'd put in four to six soda bottle lights.

    A storm 3 months after I put it in the coop broke my sky light....
     

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