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  1. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is your run covered or uncovered?
    What did you use to cover it?

    Currently we just used cheap plastic bird netting to keep the girls in, but the snow was too much for it. This spring my neighbor is going to help me build a better and more proper run in exchange for some meat birds.

    So I'm looking for some ideas on on cheaply covering it. The run will be going from 8'x8' to hopefully 8'x 14'. I'll be moving the compost bin into the run so the girls can work their magic and hopefully I'll be making the run big enough to stand in (one of my many mistakes), with an entrance on the outside. I'll also be adding much more sand. If I can find them cheap I'll be lining the bottom with cinder blocks and ideally planting in them, which will also hopefully keep my digging girls in.
     
  2. audiomilk

    audiomilk Chillin' With My Peeps

    I suggest using tin (corrugated steel) for roofing. You c could utilize guttering to catch rain water to use to water your chickens. As far as the cinder blocks go, look on Craigslist in your area for them, or place a want ad for them. Good luck
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    You might be able to find some used metal roofing to re-purpose if you start looking now. I would build a simple flat metal roof with one side higher than the other with the lower side running the water away from the coop and downhill. It will provide so much shade and protection from rain and snow. I would put the compost bin outside my run so as not to take up any room.
     
  4. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll keep an eye out for those things on my local CL, thanks for the suggestions.
     
  5. Our run is covered with a peice of leftover roofing.
     
  6. audiomilk

    audiomilk Chillin' With My Peeps

    No problem :)
     
  7. The Lazy L

    The Lazy L Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well...1/3rd is covered with asphalt shigles and the other 2/3rds covered with 1/2" hardware cloth and a tarp for the winter.

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    Picture taken before covering with 1/2" hardware cloth.

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    Last edited: Jan 4, 2013
  8. nono

    nono Out Of The Brooder

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    My Coop
    We live in New England, and wanted ours covered so the girls could go out year round even if there was snow on the ground (although in this picture, which was end of summer, they were free ranging.)

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    Ours measures 12x12, and has a peaked roof (about 8 foot at the peak), with shingles. We have an full size outside door to access it as well.

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    We documented the build of both our coop and run here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/the-schoop
     
  9. ll

    ll Chillin' With My Peeps

    Definitely cover it if you can, drier is better!
     
  10. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the ideas, I'd like to find something clear to cover it with so it still gets the maximum light.
     

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