Is yours made from cattle panels? I'm thinking something smaller would retain it's strength better? We're considering something around 8 x12.
How was yours tarped for winter?
And LOL at your siggy. We try to avoid Rt 30 (Rockvale, etc) on our way to visit family in York throughout the summer. Too many tourists and oh, the traffic!
How would you upgrade materials? Our thoughts are 3 cattle panels, fenced over with welded wire fencing and hardware cloth down low.
How old are your chicks? I did something similar yesterday, but it was the brooder move from basement to garage so I can still use the supplemental light for another 2-3 weeks before moving them to the coop.
It depends on the surface area which will be tarped and how steep or gentle the arch is, steep arch means minimal surface area to accumulate snow and ice, wider arch will have significantly more and may benefit from the placement of a couple of support posts (honestly a 2x4 would probably suffice) or a center beam made out of a 2x4 or 2x6. Doing a couple of the arch bows out of 1" pipe would sturdy it up also and probably be enough if it is a smaller surface area.
Edited by fisherlady - 2/28/16 at 3:59pm