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Coop changes for Ohio winter... pics..

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by greenpeeps, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. greenpeeps

    greenpeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Knowing how the wind whips through the back yard , and how cold Ohio can get, I knew the little coop would be way to cramped for the girls this winter.

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    After a little searching we took a trip to tractor supply and purchased some heavyduty so called clear plastic. I attached the plastic to the outside of the 4x8 run giving the girls tons of warm protected space for the winter and still allowing light to filter in. I didn't seal it tight so there would still be plenty of ventilation. This was working great until we had 3 days of 40-60 mph wind. Most of the plastic was ripped off the run.

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    Everything was reattached and some boards were added to a couple spots. ( not enough plastic left) We added a ton more straw to the inside and the girls are happy once again. Everyone is surprised how warm it is even with a couple of holes in the plastic.

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    I'm happy we started with a small flock. Oh the changes were making for the new bigger coop for this spring.!!

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  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Yeah...the wind seems to be a much bigger factor than just the cold. We put up some clear vinyl "cloth" that we got from a fabric store...it wasn't cheap. We got winds like you guys did and we lost several tacked on sheets... They definitely seem to appreciate anything that blocks wind! Glad your birds are happy again... [​IMG]
     
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Good job [​IMG]

    One tip to help you get that plastic to stay on -- instead of stapling directly through the plastic, run a strip of duct tape over the line you're going to staple on. Then staple through the duct tape (so staple goes thru duct tape, then thru plastic, then into the wood). I don't think I explained that very well, did it make enough sense? The duct tape acts like reinforcement or batten around the staple, its fibers preventing the plastic from just ripping off and coming loose. The duct tape does not even need to be especially firmly adhered to the plastic. It really helps IME.

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  4. greenpeeps

    greenpeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the duck tape suggestion, if there are any more problems I will make sure to use it next time.
     
  5. bigchickenman

    bigchickenman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Job well done.I wrap all my coops and rabbit pens the same here in Ohio.
     
  6. Framac

    Framac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One thing that might help to keep the plastic on is an Idea I got from my fathers greenhouse.

    We would take a piece of lat (.5 inch by 1 inch) and roll the end of the plastic in it then attach that too the wood. The last time we did the green house with this technique was 10 years ago and no plastic has ever come off.
     
  7. Chook-A-Holic

    Chook-A-Holic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Great post!!! This is yet another great but simple idea that makes you go "why didn't I think of that?" Thanks Pat!!! [​IMG]
     
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