Preventing rain in through open window

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Sylvie, Jul 31, 2008.

  1. Sylvie

    Sylvie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are busy constructing our coop and before we go further with installing the windows we wondered what others do about the windows being open when it rains.
    Our chicks are only 4 weeks, but need to go out soon!
    We don't want their pine shavings drenched when storms roll through. We can't always be here when a sudden storm pops up which happens a lot by Lake Erie.
     
  2. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

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    Here in the south it was solved years ago when no one had AC by having aluminum awnings over the windows. Helps keep the sun out, too.
    However, on our tack room, now brooder, we have a mobile home roll out window. Slated glass that can go straight out or angle down, according to how far out you want to roll it. It is on the north side of the barn and has a tree to sort of protect it. We have not had any rain get inside in 20 years.
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  3. Sylvie

    Sylvie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would that be something that could be added after construction or would we need to install it while doing the windows?
     
  4. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

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    Which one?
    The roll out window was added after we put up the walls on the tack room but Dad already knew a window was going there, just not what kind. Bargain hunter that he was, he found this old roll out window and it was smaller than the original frame but he made it work with more framing in. I have hardwire cloth over the inside of it just in case raccoons figure out how to slide out the slated glass.
    The aluminum awnings can be added at any time but now a days they are probably vinyl or some such material. I actually want one over the door into the tack room/brooder but haven't gotten that far.
     
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Most common solutions are a window that hinges out from the top and props that way (although you have to watch out for gusty winds; or an awning or extensive roof overhang or 'hood'; or louvers.

    Pat
     
  6. DawnSuiter

    DawnSuiter Chillin' With My Peeps

    I used house shutters where rain is an issue... air goes in but rain does not. it's hinged so I can open it all the way if i want
     
  7. spatcher

    spatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    google jalousie windows
     
  8. Sylvie

    Sylvie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thank you for that link.
    I had no idea what those were.
    After reading about how difficult it would be to seal them I think we could only use those in the summer because we are in the snowbelt. I know I could use plastic weatherproofing behind them. I'll have to go look at some to decide.
     
  9. Gunslinger

    Gunslinger Out Of The Brooder

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    I used a 19x31 Hopper type window and reversed the window to open out to prevent rain. I like the fact I can open/close the windows without going into the coop.
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  10. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    Sorry I don't have any better pictures (close up) but this might give you an idea. Ignore the white window on the side - I'm talking about the window to the right of the picture. My husband used the board that he cut out for that window, put hinges on it and I can use it to keep rain out and it keeps the sun from getting directly inside during the summer. I can angle it to be wide open or just a few inches open with the 'prop' board. The 'prop' board is attached with one long screw but it's not adjusted tightly - that way I can move it up or down to hold the wood at whatever angle I want. The board cover is heavy enough that I've never had any issue with the wind catching it but I can see how that could happen. We've certainly had some high winds here (55 mph.) and it's never closed it up or ripped it open.

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    Here's a front on view - again, sorry it's from a distance...

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    I really like Gunslingers windows... I'm guessing he's going to put hardware cloth over the inside so predators can't get in.
     

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