Originally Posted by bobbi-j
Do you put plastic over the roof of your run, too? I'm still trying to figure out how to make that work. (Hubby says it won't work, which means, "I don't want to bother with it.") The run is 12x16' with 2x4" welded wire over the top. It's flat, so I can't just put plastic over it. It would hold too much snow in a snowy year and break the 2x4s that are supporting the wire. (We've had those boards break without anything on top of the wire to hold the snow on...)
I apologize...I didn't see your question for some reason! Yep, we cover the top of our run too, but our run is constructed totally differently than yours. Ours is a hoop run, and it has stood up against snow loads and winds in excess of 60mph, even with snow on it. Winds of 20+ are routine here, with gusts much higher, so we are very happy with our run's performance. Just 8 steel fence posts pounded into the ground with chicken wire covered cattle panels arched between them. The lattice fence in front was just to make it look pretty. The lattice on top acted like a spacer and kept the plastic from coming into direct contact with any pokey-outy wires left when we attached the chicken wire to the panels.
Ken putting the lattice fencing back up after covering the run in clear plastic, which you can see in the photo.
Absolutely no issues with rain, snow, or wind. Right after I took this shot I went in with a push broom and used the brush side of it to bump the snow from the inside the "ceiling". It slid right off.
Bright and cozy enough to raise chicks (in the brooder pen to the left) without a broody or a heat lamp - just a heating pad, wire frame, and straw. Temps in the teens and twenties.