Window question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jtbrown, May 13, 2011.

  1. jtbrown

    jtbrown Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2011
    Southeastern Ohio
    Okay, got hot here quick (one week cold and wet, the next 90 degrees -- normal spring for Ohio), so we cut our windows in 24 by 36 and 24 by 42, they are storm windows. I can remove all of them, so only hardware cloth is basically over the openings. Then, we have had storms plowing quickly through our area and I am now worried about water flying through the coop. What do you do? The coop was 90 degrees the day we cut the windows in. And I am sure now that there are windows in, the greenhouse effect will be greater. I have seen people with really open areas or open coops, so I am sure it is probably okay. Anyone know if I need to really worry about this? Will the wood shavings on floor dry with enough mixing of the shavings with a rake? The coop is in an area that makes typical awnings very difficult due to wind. Any input is greatly appreciated.
  2. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

    May 8, 2007
    My coop has large roof overhangs, so rain coming in hasn't been a problem. I don't know how much of a roof overhang you have on your coop.

    We have windows similar to that and installed them with hinges and latches, so we can choose to have them open or closed any time. That might help you, if rain blowing in turns out to be a problem. Then you can close the windows on one side just for a few hours, during a bad storm. Whichever side the storm is blowing from.

    My smaller windows hang down. I have the really big ones opening up like a pair of shutters, to the sides. For those, I also added a hook and screw eye, to latch them open. It's worked pretty well for us.
  3. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    Maybe you could build awnings like the ones I have in this coop:

    I have awning windows, but I don't have to be worried about the greenhouse effect because the coop is in the shade. It had to be: we're in North Texas and our summers are wickedly hot.

    Are all your windows in the sun? If so, then just build solid wooden awnings over the windows. You'll leave them open; they're just there to keep the rain out. In the winter, you'll probably want to take them off and replace them with the storm windows.

    That's all I can think of.
  4. jtbrown

    jtbrown Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2011
    Southeastern Ohio
    Thanks we just had a big talk about some of the details of finishing the coop. We already are a little behind 8 ball with weather and family emergencies so I want to do something quick and permanent that I like. . . A tall order, I could at least show my husband this thread so he could help troubleshoot what we need to do this right, the first time. Thanks again!
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    Buff-Island-Australorp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2011
    Bixby, OK
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