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cattle panel run caves in with weight of the snow last night

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by blueskylen, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. blueskylen

    blueskylen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2008
    Hi all,

    we had built our chicken run with cattle panels in a hoop style covered with a large tarp- has worked great until last night!
    I went out to feed and water this morning , and as I got to the chicken coop saw that the entire run had caved in - down the middle - with the weight of the snow sliding off of the coop roof. luckily no chickens were in there,as they were still locked up in the coop.
    DH went out and shoveled the snow out of the middle, and went inside to raise it up with his shoulders. he managed to get all of the panels raised back up, and braced landscape timbers down the middle of the run. it won't cave in now,
    but we wanted to let anyone who may have built a hoop style run out of cattle panels to make sure to support it down the middle.
  2. cgjsmith

    cgjsmith Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 6, 2007
    How wide was your base? Crystal
  3. Rte.66_chicks

    Rte.66_chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2008
    Kingman, AZ
    I have seen some of those cattle or horse panels that bent very easily-within a couple of months they were pretzels. Some of them don't seem to be strong at all.

    Glad your chooks are OK.
  4. waynesgarden

    waynesgarden Feathers of Steel

    Mar 30, 2008
    Oxford County
    I also used landscape timbers to brace my hardware cloth covered cattle panel run.


    In addition, the curve of the panel is reinforced by several lengths of wire acting as a collar tie would on a framed roof.


    Good luck. We've got several feet expected to fall before today's storm ends.

    'Tis the season....

    Last edited: Jan 28, 2009
  5. waynesgarden

    waynesgarden Feathers of Steel

    Mar 30, 2008
    Oxford County
    And another note: Don't run wiring to your coops as shown in my picture.

  6. toletiquesbysam

    toletiquesbysam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2008
    Quote:[​IMG] Looks like something I would do, glad you warned me!! [​IMG]
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    btw Wayne, *nice* run... I like the idea of putting the *side* of the hoop-coop-style run against the coop, instead of the end!

  8. justhatchin

    justhatchin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2008
    Galva, Kansas
    Hi! We did that but with 2 panels- set the ends of the panels on the ground hooked it to t -posts, coop inside the pen. Panels for ends also. I didn't take pic's dec. of 07 was our ice storm and our coop had a tree branch on it, caved but hit the top of our coop and sprang back after the ice/limb was gone. We run a extention cord along one side then into the coop. We have peas in ours.
  9. lilchick

    lilchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Williamsport In.
    hey Wayne... I like the chicken cutout on your door...
    this forum gives me so many great ideas.....[​IMG]
  10. Jay13

    Jay13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Central NC
    I saw that and thought it was adorable, was actually looking to see if it was the "chicken door" before realizing that the panels are the inside of the run to keep them in, not let them out.

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