1. SophieLain127

    SophieLain127 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How many of you have some sort of sky light on your coop? If so what did you use and how did you do it.

    I'm thinking of using a window and just sealing it really really well.
     
  2. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm doing that with the new coops that I'm building. I have wire mesh to put over it for ventilation, especially in the hot summers. Then I have a cover for it to use during bad weather so that the rain / snow cannot get into the coop.
     
  3. flopshot

    flopshot Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I have an 8" square sky light... just your regular Home Depot variety. I had my coop done before I found BYC, but I'd do the same thing if I had it to do over again.
     
  5. hippie

    hippie Out Of The Brooder

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    i used that corrugated fiberglass that matches the tin on the rest of the building. the thing i would woory about with putting a window on the roof is it getting broken out by hail (although i don't know where you live)
     
  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    I would advise against using a window -- it is hard enough to get proper skylights not to leak, a window without extensive flashing is likely to be a lost cause.

    The simplest thing, by far, is to use plastic roofing and make one of the panels translucent or transparent. Beware excessive heat gain, especially in a small-volume coop, though; at the very least, best to put it on a north-sloping roof and make sure the coop has LOTS of ventilation that can potentially be opened up.

    If you really have your heart set on a shingled roof, best to use a skylight with all its appropriate flashing... but it may still leak a bit, especially if you are using a secondhand one (often they're secondhand *because of* leaks, some of whcih are installation issues but others are structural to the skylight itself).

    JMHO, good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     
  7. SophieLain127

    SophieLain127 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe instead of putting in a skylight I will put in a second window. I like the idea of having alot of light for my hens as well as being able to let my family (especially my 2 year old) watch them while there in there with out opening the door.....that could be a disaster....lol.
     
  8. addiedunn

    addiedunn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We just started ours this weekend. I've had this old door in our garage for years and I think it may be original to the house. I've fought with DH every year to keep him from throwing it away. He threw the screen door out a few years ago and I about killed him. I wish we had it now for this project. This isn't a skylight, but it should provide plenty of sunlight.
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