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PVC feeders: Do I need to seal this opening?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ninabeast, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. ninabeast

    ninabeast Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yesterday, we installed (finally!) the PVC feeders. I wanted to be able to fill the feeders from outside the coop, so the 90-degree elbow goes through the coop wall. After jigsawing the hole and installing the feeder, there is a small gap between the wall and the elbow, about a quarter inch. The gap is about 8-12" off the floor of the coop, when measured from the inside of the coop. If it's relevent, the coop is built inside a barn.

    I've attached pics, inside and out. My questions are:

    1. Do I need to seal the gap? Is it a problem for drafts, predators or pests? Or is it okay to leave it open?

    2. If I do need to seal the gap, with what should I seal it so the chickens won't eat something they shouldn't?

    As always...thanks!

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    Last edited: Jul 7, 2011
  2. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't worry about it.
     
  3. Kdub86

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    I would only fill the gap if mice or other pest could fit through
     
  4. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm just opposite. That is a mouse road to me. Anything larger than a 1/4 inch to my way of thinking is needing to be sealed. Although I will use 1/2 hardware cloth. Get a small piece of sheet aluminum and cut it to fit. Easy to work.
     
  5. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought it was only a quarter inch whole.
     
  6. ninabeast

    ninabeast Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The barn IS mouse heaven, although they're not in the coop. Yet. That I know of.
     
  7. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'd seal it then. I would use silicone.
     
  8. BoltonChicken

    BoltonChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since it is a plywood wall and easy chewing for a mouse, I side the the hardware cloth/ aluminum idea. The mice (and the chicks if they wanted to) would make easy work of the silicone.

    But in answer to your original question, yes... seal it.
     
  9. ninabeast

    ninabeast Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you all! I shall seal with hardware cloth scraps. Will stapling suffice, seeing as we're talking about mice here?
     
  10. BoltonChicken

    BoltonChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will stapling suffice, seeing as we're talking about mice here?

    Personally I would use 1 1/4" decking screws through 1" fender washers. That will keep out anything up to the size of a Doberman, but you could probably get by with staples for mice. But what about rats? Arggg... decisions!

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