Time To Install Storm Windows In The Chicken House

Here is a picture of our henhouse which was built almost entirely of salvaged materials.

In the fall before it gets really cold, I like to start winterizing my chicken houses. I cover screen windows with “storm windows”. I get out of storage the pieces of Plexiglas that I made a few years ago for that purpose.

Each window is custom fitted with a “storm window”. Therefore, to make it easier to install, I used a permanent marker to write the location of the window that it fit over.

How to tips: Measure and cut out pieces of scrap Plexiglas. I used a box cutter and a metal ruler to score the lines. Then I snapped it over the edge of a work bench. This primitive technique works well enough for chicken house window covers.

To attach the Plexiglas, pre-drill holes making sure that your exterior grade screws can freely fit through. Plexiglas will start to crack if the drill hole isn’t big enough. (See crack at the top of the window in picture.)Use the kind of washers that are rubbery. That way you can get a snug fit without stressing the fiberglass.

In the spring, I remove these window coverings.

More on winterizing our henhouse in another post.

3 thoughts on “Time To Install Storm Windows In The Chicken House

  1. grenouille

    It’s funny.. I’m discovering this blog, and my blog is not so far this one… Froggs seems to be ecological pets !
    (sorry for my english, i hope it’s clear !)

  2. Deb

    One a year is a pretty good loss rate… our very first year we lost 11 chickens to hawks. We stopped free-ranging for a long while after that. After they were out in the yard again, we got attacked by raccoons, who tore right into our fairly sturdy chicken coop. I still see hawks around us all the time… it makes me sad but I don’t feel like we can afford to free-range any more. We covered a huge yard with bird netting, so they do have room, but nothing like what they used to have. I hope your losses stay minimal!

  3. jane Post author

    We still find it sad when one of our hens gets killed. The wild animals around here are very clever and they are hungry. We have losses from racoons etc. too. This past fall we lost two hens because they insisted on roosting in the trees. That worked for a while. We’ve had other losses too: break-ins to the hen house… We have to be ever vigilent. I wish I had some magic way to let the hens be completely free range. Hopefully you have found a happy comprimise and can enjoy your hens and they can be happy but safe.

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