Our Shipping Crate Coop - finally finished!!! (pic heavy)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Moogie, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. ryan820

    ryan820 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is fantastic-- well done!!!! You've given me some great ideas for my new coop!!!
     
  2. Moogie

    Moogie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thank you - I wondered if it had something to do with recessing them. My husband thought door hinges would be better, since those old windows are really heavy! We didn't try to recess them because supporting the windows while trying to mark the hinge was more challenging than we could handle (plus, neither of us has any carpentry experience and we'd already given up on hanging the door by then...) but taking the hinges apart as you described sounds a lot easier and I think we could do that! Thank you!
     
  3. hmmcc123

    hmmcc123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh Moogie, it turned out so wonderful! (I'm the other gal with a crate coop.) I absolutely love yours!! I love the roof, what a great idea! So glad it turned out nice for you! Hope your chickens enjoy!

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  4. hmmcc123

    hmmcc123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thank you - I wondered if it had something to do with recessing them. My husband thought door hinges would be better, since those old windows are really heavy! We didn't try to recess them because supporting the windows while trying to mark the hinge was more challenging than we could handle (plus, neither of us has any carpentry experience and we'd already given up on hanging the door by then...) but taking the hinges apart as you described sounds a lot easier and I think we could do that! Thank you!

    Actually, my husband and I just looked at your windows and we both think you mistakenly installed them upside down. That slope piece you have the hinge attached to actually goes at the bottom of the window. It was originally designed like that to help the water drain away from the window. We have the same windows and hinges on our coop hung right side up and they open out only slightly. We did add a little would piece to each window to help them stay closed all the way when we want them closed all the way.

    Hope this helps!! BTW-I LOVE the "chunnel"!! They use it so well! : )
     
  5. abChicken

    abChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Love your coop [​IMG] comment on your windows- put the bottom at top the lip on top is holding it
    open I have several windows like that. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. BWKatz

    BWKatz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was going to use 2 crates to make my 8x8 coop but they were already gone off craig's list and I couldn't find any more soo..... I used pallets and my roof is sloped to match my run. Your roof is beautiful though, I used the exact same windows and the problem is that little triangle piece at the top. It was not removable on mine so I just use a hook and eye to close mine with .
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Moogie love your coop and the chunnel - your girls will really enjoy it. Great job.
     
  8. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    Quote:Beautiful well thought out project I must say.
    I dont know how to fix it but the window is hanging where its center of gravity is if you were to look at the end of the frame. For instance When you grab a rectangular piece of wood free to hang by a corner its going to want to hang through the center of gravity. Take a rectangular piece of cardboard and poke a hole in the corner and dangle it see how it hangs. The only way to make it hang straight down is to put the hole exactly in the middle of the short edge. But I wouldn't worry about it just latch the window when you don't want air circulating.

    deb
     
  9. Moogie

    Moogie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Hmmcc, I just sent a pic of your coop to my sister yesterday! I'd saved it because it was so much like what I'd hoped to do with ours. I LOVED the roof extension/porch and she did too - she's contacted the guy selling the crates to let her know when his next shipment comes in. You added more pics since I last saw it - love the two story interior! You doubled your space inside - ingenious! Thanks so much for sharing your coop building progress. [​IMG]

    We had to turn the windows upside down because the wood on the bottom edge was too narrow to accommodate the hinges. Argh! We may end up replacing those with real window hinges. [​IMG] I may have to wait a while to spring that on my DH... [​IMG]
     
  10. KDK1

    KDK1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:nurse_turtle is correct on this... mostly. It's all simple physics. Gravitational pull always dictates equal weight on each side of the pivot point of the hinge. Mortising the hinge will not change this. As long as the hinge (pivot point) sits proud of the window it will not stay closed without some kind of latch. Hope this is not too confusing.
     

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