Question for ones with sliding windows?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by dr8goons, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. dr8goons

    dr8goons Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    i have seen a few people use plexi glass on the windows over the hardwere cloth. my question is how do you get the plexi glass to stay? and also how do you get it to slide?
  2. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    I have ones that came off a mobil home, that I put frame and all over opening, so it is either on or off, no sliding necessary.
  3. debakadeb

    debakadeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2008
    SW Indiana
    I'm not a builder, but I would think you would have use a router and make a groove for the plexiglass to slide in. If you think of the opening as having 4 sides, keep one side off until you slide the plexiglass in. Then attach the fourth side. Place hardware cloth over the outside of the opening.

    Hope this helps.
  4. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    You could frame a simple sliding frame for it on the outside so it slide within the wooden frame. I have no idea how to put it into words so I will look for pics for you.
  5. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

    Apr 22, 2008
    We use plywood to cover our windows, but they are sliding ones.


  6. greggy

    greggy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 22, 2008
    Reed City, Michigan
    The correct terms I believe are window casements and window sash...I made my first for my new coop this spring. The sash is the frame that holds the pexiglass, or glass, and the casement supports the window when it's closed. I used a 2X4 for the sash which I ripped in 2 to create a 2X2. Then I cut the groove to hold the glass with a table saw then mitered the corners into the correct lengths. You have to be careful and calculate for the extra length and depth of the groove inside the miter. The casement is just and inside support for the window sash made with 1 X3 . I made the casement to fit after I made and hung the window.
  7. Titaniumcranium

    Titaniumcranium Out Of The Brooder

    May 4, 2008


    Simple design here.Used my table saw to rip a groove.The plexiglass is the same thickness as the saw blade.
  8. CATRAY44

    CATRAY44 Lard Cookin Chicken Woman

    I am have been converting a large doghouse and 10'x10' run into chicken coop w/run. What did you use to attach the hardware cloth over the window opening? I used a staple gun, and lots of staples, but not sure how much force a coon might be able to exert against it?
  9. greggy

    greggy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 22, 2008
    Reed City, Michigan
    My windows are too high off the ground to worry about coons. But, if I needed to keep a coon out I would staple it in place then place a strip of 1X3 over the top where I stapled and nail or screw that in place. Use the heaviest hard ware cloth you can find.
  10. CATRAY44

    CATRAY44 Lard Cookin Chicken Woman

    Thank you!

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