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    Default Cat solarium

    After 12 years of farm house renovations, I had some old windows stacked against a shed wall. Just one of those things where you can't bring yourself to put them in the construction dumpster.
    This weekend it was a brilliant sunny day but cold and I thought-- Cat Greenhouse! Why not. Picked up a couple cheap hinges and set the two "window tents" side by side on the south side of the chicken coop, and tacked on some tank insulation to cover up the ends. (Will go back and make that look neater, I just wanted to test the concept and see whether the barn cats would even go near the thing). They LOVE it. It's like 70 degrees in there, despite <30 deg temps outside. All the water troughs had a thin skim of ice on them this morning, while the water dish in my Cat Greenhouse was warm.

    Like I said, I'll go back and re-do the insulation on the ends, so it doesn't look quite so trashy , but thought I'd post this idea in case any of you have old windows lying around and barncats to keep warm.


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    that's brilliant!!!!! I've gotta pass this on to my buddy!
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    Wow, fantastic idea!
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    Love this idea!!!



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    Pictures please!



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    Quote Originally Posted by lesgarcons View Post
    Pictures please!
    In the OP Click on "They love it", There's a link to a picture.



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    O.M.G. You are the greatest! Kittehs love it!
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    This weekend, I'll put a pallet underneath, run a strip of 1x1 along the edges to prop the frames against, so they don't slide outward & off the pallet. This will keep the wood frames --and kittehs--off the damp ground and make them easier to move around. And in the spring we can put some planting containers in there, and have early lettuce and herbs!
    (Lordy, nothing like putting a picture online to make you realize that the chicken coop *really* needs a coat of paint. )



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    OK, you are awesome and those cats are very lucky.
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    I think this is really clever, and I've often fantasized about doing something just like this (though, of course, bigger) for my equines.
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    Brilliant!

    Makes me wish I had some old windows lying around.
    May be time to peruse the local CraigsList...
    Barncat would LOFF me, chickens may appreciate one too - they hate going out in the snow.
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    What a great idea!



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    It looks like you could even lean them up against the barn or whatever that building is in the background and then you would have double the windows to make it even larger.



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