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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by traildad, Oct 24, 2011.
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.
Use some kind of flexible rubber - shingles or rolled roofing will break over time - we're having to re-do ours!
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.
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.
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)
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.
Here is second coop with doors that open downward and supported by chains when open.
Just about halfway down the page. Never leaks, and nothing to wear out or get weird in the cold.