Corrugated Plastic Roof?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by BLaBauve, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. BLaBauve

    BLaBauve Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2009
    Georgia
    Hi Everyone,

    We used to have deer netting as our roof over our coop run. A few weeks ago Raccoons got in and killed all but 1 of our chickens. [​IMG] We've finally put a roof on, and we used corrugated plastic from home depot. We wanted something that would still let light in, keep rain out, and most of all keep out raccoons. We use hardware cloth in all gaps. I'm curious if anyone out there has also used this material for roofing and what they think. Does it hold up well? I'm in GA so I don't have to worry about snow on top of it. And it seems strong enough to bear the weight on several raccoons. I've attached a few pictures of it.

    Off the coop subject, we currently have 3 full size hens living in our enclosure. . . from the pictures, how many more do you think I could keep? Sorry, I don't know the dimensions. . . any guesses?

    Thanks!
    Beth

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  2. wombat

    wombat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2009
    You want at least 10 sq feet per bird outside, and 4 sq feet per bird inside.

    I'd try to get closer to 15-20 sq feet per bird outside space though, if they never get out to forage and such. 10 is kinda the minimum. You can avoid a lot of health and behavior problems if they are not crowded.

    The roof looks very nice.
     
  3. ArizonaNessa

    ArizonaNessa Joyfully Addicted

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    It looks nice and I am no plastics expert or anything but I know that the fiberglass kind that looks just like that will only last a few years before it starts to crack and crumble due to tons of sun exposure. Looks like you got some nice shade trees though just make sure you check it after storms and such in case limbs fall. [​IMG]

    Wish I could have a clear roof [​IMG] No wait too many helicopters around here nevermind lol
     
  4. SOchick

    SOchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really like the clear roofing! I am thinking of using it for roofing my next coop I need to build in about a month, so I am looking forward to hearing eveyone's feedback! you could probably get one or two more in what you have now, but I wouldn't do anymore than that without expanding at least the coop. I am guessing your run is about 4x8 or 6x8?
     
  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    That's what I use. It's been up 6 years. This spring I took it down to clean and replace the zipties. Other than 1 little hole from a limb in a storm it's in like new condition. Hasn't even clouded up.

    Imp

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  6. kcardella

    kcardella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have used that same roofing on my run over three years now. No cracks or anything - so far so good. We don't have snow down here in Florida though!
     
  7. BLaBauve

    BLaBauve Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2009
    Georgia
    Our run is about 20'x8' I think. It's actually quite long. . . There are probably 6 feet behind me from where I'm standing to take the picture.

    Glad to hear positive things about this roofing. I just know a gang of raccoons will be on it every night. We're going to set up a motion sensor light. . . no clue if that will scare them at all.
     
  8. CityChook

    CityChook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That clear roof is the bomb. I like it a lot. Probably wouldn't work well here in MN with the cold and snow, but I sure like the way it looks!
     
  9. norcal

    norcal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love it. I want it. [​IMG]

    I still have to replace 2 metal posts in the run (the other 6 are pt wood) before we can attempt something like that. We have the top covered w/ chicken wire, it's kind of droopy, and annoys me. [​IMG]

    Great job. [​IMG]
     
  10. paulpig

    paulpig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used the clear for the side walls ( half way up) .......... LOVE it also!!! No problems so far........I need to take pics to show ya.....
     

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