covered run... slanted roof or not?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by sheeshshe, Jun 21, 2009.

  1. sheeshshe

    sheeshshe Songster

    May 6, 2009
    do I should I have a slanted roof? we get a lot of snow in the winter soo I thought yes... Im just wondering how to do it with the fencing... see,s easier to keep it level for construction..
  2. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    If you live in an area with lots of snow. Having your run covered with netting presents a problems with snow as well. You could try something like this. [​IMG]
  3. Monk

    Monk Songster

    May 10, 2009
    We do get some snow, so I went with a decent pitch to my coop and my covered run. I also plan on placing panels(plywood or ???) on the north and west sides to provide my chickens with an area without knee deep snow.
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    If you do slant the roof over the run, be certain that where the rain fall hits the ground is downhill from the run,otherwise you end up with a muddy mess in the run.
  5. sheeshshe

    sheeshshe Songster

    May 6, 2009
    Quote:I LOVE that design!!!!! thats awesome!

    good idea about covering one side so that snow doesn't blow in... [​IMG]
  6. Mrs.ChickChick

    Mrs.ChickChick Songster

    May 23, 2009
    North central Illinois
    Quote:I like that Opa, very creative! [​IMG] Love your coop design too.
  7. CityChook

    CityChook Songster

    Apr 9, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Coop
    If you get a fair amount of snow, having a covered run will allow your chickens to enjoy the outside even if they don't like snow (mine don't). You will also stop worrying about them when it rains. Finally, it's really great for predator proofing.

    I'm thinking that if your run is not framed in (just stretched wire and posts) you are probably not going to be able to put on a roof that will stand up to snowload. Without a photo, it's hard to say. In general, flat roofs and snow aren't usually a good combination.

    If possible, frame your roof with 24 inch centers and slope the roof. Mahonri is right - you'll want to make sure you have water control for runoff, whether it's downhill or controlled by a gutter. I put recycled tin siding (free!) on my roof and screwed it down to the framing then silicone'd the holes to reduce leaking. Works great.

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