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Water tight outside nest lid

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by traildad, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. traildad

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  2. Crazy4mypeeps

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    I've seen some people use a shingle over the hing area to cover it, by running it up the wall a bit. I suppose any type rubber would really work.
     
  3. BusyBlonde

    BusyBlonde Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Use some kind of flexible rubber - shingles or rolled roofing will break over time - we're having to re-do ours!
     
  4. Crazy4mypeeps

    Crazy4mypeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Oh, good point. The cold probably makes them pretty stiff too? If you have a diesel shop around, you might be able to scrounge up a truck mudflap to use.
     
  5. KDK1

    KDK1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I used a good quality weather stripping between the side of the coop and the ¾" edge of the nest box roof (under the hinges) where as when the lid is closed, it mashes the weather stripping between the two creating the seal. No leaks.
     
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  6. Hawkeye95

    Hawkeye95 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Don't use a hinge in the roof. Instead, just built it differently and hinge doors onto the face of your nest box. Here's mine-- still not completely done, but getting there. I thought about having the roof lift and figured it would just be a nightmare to keep it water tight. I also worried that even if I got it to work NOW.. what about in 5 years? Will it still work just as well? So I kept looking at everyone else's boxes and decided on the design below. I made the doors to seat INSIDE the frame.. that will help keep weather and rain out. You could also add a bit of weather stripping around the door if you really wanted to. (btw, I have a step by step picture explanation on how I built my box on my BYC page if you do want to build it this way)

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  7. fireguy56

    fireguy56 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, Like hawkeye said, just build them with doors instead of hinged roof. I have one coop with the roof hinged and second one I built I went with doors. Here is pictures of both.
    This nest boxes on large coop with hinged roof. Overhang of coop roof above the boxes is 24" so I really don't get any water in them. However I still pklan on putting a rubber strip across the slot just in case.
    Erik

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    [​IMG] Here is second coop with doors that open downward and supported by chains when open.

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  10. AtholCoop

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