Good morning folks
Most importantly, thank you all for your advice, suggestions and input which is very much appreciated.
For now we are thinking of going with a Suntuf Solarsmart Polycarbonate roof which has 99.9% UV protection and reportedly reflects infrared radiation that creates heat. It is also hail resistant with a lifetime warranty.
I agree that colourbond etc is the way to go, but as you know, the clock is now ticking on getting the coop and run to a stage that they can move in due to the unplanned loss of some of their accommodation and we can work around them with the final touch ups etc. As we do not have any way of transporting a metal sheet and we can slightly roll a polycarbonate one and fit it in the car, we could easily have it on today. Also, we sadly do not have the tools to cut colourbond etc to size.
The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry
It didn’t help that it rained most of yesterday. It will do for now with winter coming and cooler temps and if need be we can reassess down the track. I can not imagine that it would be any hotter than the two, smaller kit coops joined together they have suffered through to date.
With one day left before returning to work and the girls soon having to spend the majority of the day in the smaller run, we are making a concerted effort to get the coop livable today, wire underneath it and somehow temporarily rig it so that they have access to the existing run and underneath until we can get the new run finished also. It will not be pretty but it should give them extra room during the day. It has not been a problem during the build as they have been free ranging and helping with construction
I have been keeping up with the posts and conversation. I am a bit time poor at present but just wanted to say I am so very sorry to read of your loss chicken-clucky Fizzybelle I am definitely not an expert when it comes to chicken gender but sadly, I agree in that Iris looks like a rooster to me as well