chicken run cover

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by BANDIT-2017, May 22, 2019.

  1. BANDIT-2017

    BANDIT-2017 Hatching

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    I have a large chicken run (it is about 50 ft x 20 ft) and i was wondering how to cover to and what to cover it with.
    Any information would help.Thanks
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

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    Are you keeping birds in or things out? What are you excluding? Do you want shadetweather protection on part or all? How is the rest fenced/constructed? Pics can help us advise how best to attavh,cetc
     
  3. BANDIT-2017

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    I mainly want to keep things out. The fence is 6 ft chicken wire reinforced with 4 in square wire. I don't need it to protect the chickens from the weather, just predators.
    ill try to send pictues.
     
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    trumpeting_angel Crowing

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    While the experts get ready to weigh in, I advise reading up on this thread and in the coop articles. So much valuable information! And many opinions, which sometimes differ from each other. But the learning never stops!
     
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  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Really?
    They have cover from rain, sun, snow?
    Looking forward to seeing your pics

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  6. BANDIT-2017

    BANDIT-2017 Hatching

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    We live in Texas so we don't have snow. They will have a coop to go in to when it rains (it will be really big). and they get shade under our duck coop and from trees near by, they will also have lots of shade from their chicken coop when we build it.
     
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  7. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

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    So the sides are not going to prevent potential climbing predators who would seek access from the top....meaning bird netting for aerial predators may not be sufficient. Add a stand for two of hotwire near the bottom, eliminating climbers, and netting woukd work. Netting also requires less structure as it is light....a simple post in center with betting going out from there and secured to the top of the wire sides for example, vs more structure for a wire based topper
     
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  8. BANDIT-2017

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    thank you Ol Grey Mare, do they sale netting large enough to cover the whole run.
     
  9. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    I used strips of fishnet and then laced the panels together.

    So... you can make any size work.
     
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