Screen window - I need your ideas Please!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by tbitt, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. tbitt

    tbitt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2011
    I would like your ideas of how to open and close this window from the inside!!!

    So, this is the back window:



    We have done nothing to it because we just don't know what to do with/for it.

    Currently, I squeeze between it and the hot wire horse fence and prop it open with a board:

    I do NOT like doing that so I need your help ASAP!!!! I don't care if I have to go out and buy something if it means no longer squeezing past the hot wire!!!!

    What can we do? (Any ideas are welcome, because you never know where they might lead to [​IMG] )
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Any reason you can't unscrew the hinges, then mount it inside, maybe after adding another top board to mount to?
  3. jbowyer01

    jbowyer01 Just Me!

    Aug 29, 2008
    Hogansville, Georgia
    Could you make a shuttered type window? two separate piece of wood (plywood) hinged from the sides of the window and have a latch in the center to hold them close. Kinda like a set of interior shutters in a home.
  4. calicokat

    calicokat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2009
    azalia, indiana
    Like ddawn suggested, we hinge ours from the inside. A chain hangs from the roof to hook them up to during the day and keep them open. Might be worth the effort to relocate them inside.
  5. tbitt

    tbitt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2011
    Quote:You know, when we cut that opening it went across two separate paneling this "shutter" is actually 2 pieces of paneling that fit together tongue and grove style and then we put the "frame" around it.

    We have the screen mounted to the inside....I'd have to remove that and mount that on the outside.

    One thing I like about the way it is all mounted now is that I can prop it open even if it rains because the shutter protects the opening from the rain getting in.

    Good ideas......keep 'em coming
  6. Candymom

    Candymom Out Of The Brooder

    May 1, 2008
    Put an eye screw at the bottom of the window on the outside, longer would be better for leverage. Drill a hole above the window run a thin rope through it, you might want to line the hole with something to keep the rope from snagging on the wooden wall. One end attaches to the eye screw on the outside, comes in through the hole and comes inside the coop. Attach a carabeener on the end of it so you can pull it to open the window and attach the carabeener to another eye screw on the inside so that it holds the window open.

    I can see it in my head, harder to explain. The only difficult part might be getting the eye screws right in order for the right leverage to pull the window up.
  7. ailurophile23

    ailurophile23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2010
    Could you attach a stick/pole to the inside of the "shutter" with the stick coming through the screen - then use the stick to push open and hold open the shutter by wedging/attaching it at the window frame? All done from the inside. It means a hole in your screen but if you put it to one side and at the bottom, you could make it big enough to move the stick through and then maybe have a flap of some sort that covers it when the window is open?
  8. tbitt

    tbitt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2011

    That is a good idea.

    I will have to go out there and stare at it to see how it might work!

    We have all kinds of eyes and hooks.
    We would need a rope though. I can handle that!

    Ooooo....this might be a fantastic idea!
  9. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

  10. tbitt

    tbitt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2011
    Quote:This has been floating around in our heads.... but hubby has been Poo Pooing that idea.... He does not like the idea of making a hole in the screen......

    You should hear all the weird stuff I have been tossing out there......[​IMG] [​IMG]

    One was triangle wood pieces on hinges.....mounted between the screen and shutter... but we can not figure out how to push them out to hold the shutter open... [​IMG] [​IMG]

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