Windows and rain

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by triggfamily5, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. triggfamily5

    triggfamily5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What does everyone do about having windows open in the coop when they call for 20-30 % chance of rain everyday? Or those afternoon summer storms?

    I work all day, and the new coop I am building is going to have windows in it for good summer ventilation, but I am concerned about rain getting in while I am gone.
     
  2. birdicus7

    birdicus7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I made my window frames and hinged them at the top. I can open them and lock them where I want them of if the weather is nice I can pop the hinge pins out and take the whole window off. Seemed to be the best of both worlds for me. And of course I can close them in winter...
     
  3. triggfamily5

    triggfamily5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess I forgot to mention that I plan on using old trailer house windows.... I got a bunch of them free [​IMG]
     
  4. littlefork

    littlefork Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought crank out shed windows on Ebay that have three pieces of glass that crank out at an angle to prevent rain from coming in. They were not real expensive and the quality is really good. I don't have them installed yet but they look like they will do just fine unless the rain blows straight in.
     
  5. BWKatz

    BWKatz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    u could still use the cutouts for ur windows to make awnings hinged at top.
     
  6. triggfamily5

    triggfamily5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Oh, that's a good idea, maybe I need to see if DH can figure out how to incorporate that... hmm, he hates more work
     
  7. David Stratton

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    Quote:birdicus 7, did you make the windows from scratch or did you find old fashioned windows and adapt them. I need to get at least another window in our coop and I really like this idea. I am pretty sure I have all the tools I would need to build the windows, I am not sure just how to go about it. If you have photos that might be good. Thanks. David
     
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  8. mcostas

    mcostas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I made a doghouse once and used plant brackets to make a frame for a piece of wood.

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    You attach it upside down after hacking off the curly cue on the end that you don't need. You can't close it though. It's real easy.
     
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  9. birdicus7

    birdicus7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:birdicus 7, did you make the windows from scratch or did you find old fashioned windows and adapt them. I need to get at least another window in our coop and I really like this idea. I am pretty sure I have all the tools I would need to build the windows, I am not sure just how to go about it. If you have photos that might be good. Thanks. David

    I made all of them from scratch. The window material is 1/8 in. plexiglas. Basically, I cut my 4 sides and then cut a slot in them with my
    table saw for the plexi to go in. Then I made my corners, took an overall measurement for the plexiglas and assembled the windows.
    The only issue for you would be window size. I wouldn't use 1/8 in. in a very large window. But you could use 1/4 in. My top ones that I consider vent windows are only 7 inches tall by 8 ft long. The others are 12"x16" and work great too. I will take some pictures this weekend and post them for you...I have one left to put together this weekend I'll take photos as I put it together for you. I also decided to add 2 more windows on a side but I haven't started them yet!
     
  10. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Never worry about it raining in, the chickens can take it and the pine shaving absorb it. I leave all the windows--casement that open from the bottom--wide open most of the summer. In the winter I crack them down from the top for ventilation.
     

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