Originally Posted by MeepBeep
Panels of what?
I use Cattle Panels.
Originally Posted by perchie.girl
it really depends on your "Winter" what kind of winter you have. There are people here all the way from the Philippines to Alaska. Dry deserts to wet rain forest... Yep there are cold rain forests too.
IN my climate Which is Mild High Desert. I get WIND as a major component. About 72 hours worth of snow .... not all in one day. Rain in the form of Cloud bursts that can dump enough water that can flash flood in seconds. A dry wash will be a Raging flood in seconds and dry again in more seconds.
My coops are chainlink with one solid wall on the prevailing wind side. I stack bales of straw to make an igloo for the goats. But my roof's are canvas over chainlink. The same setup that works for winter works for summer. the only difference would be added straw bales and or an extra tarp added for winter winds.
What ever you do no matter the temperature Chickens need ventilation Not a breeze thorugh but a chance for ammonia to escape and fresh air to enter, and a DRY place to hang out. Most chickens can handle low temps. Very low temps I have a friend that has chickens in Alaska. His coops are made of scavanged materials and the only coops that have any kind of heat are ones situated in his green house. He follows that fresh air no direct draft chriteria.
I live in Virginia, so we have cold winters, I face my coops South because of the wind. They have plenty of ventilation, I normally do a wood frame, with a panel bent over top covered in a tarp. I also give them a little yard all year that they can go out in rain or snow if they want too. January-March are the worst months here, I usually lock my chickens up in really bad weather.
I would like to build a chicken coop, made out of cattle panels, with a tarp over it that would survive the snow, I figured I'll have to have a pointed roof not just a flat one, but I don't know if the panels will hold up to snow? I'm going to put tee-posts around it and tie the coop to them, so the wind won't move it. Any ideas of how to make it hold up to the snow? I'm just afraid it will collapse.