Covered runs anyone? Post pics please!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Fiddlehead, Jan 5, 2012.

  1. Fiddlehead

    Fiddlehead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really want to cover my run, but it has to be able to withstand lots of snow as I live in Massachusetts. it is pretty big, probably 20X15. Any ideas that won't cost a fortune?

    Here is a pic:

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  2. Gargoyle

    Gargoyle Overrun With Chickens

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    My Coop
    I framed it with 2x4's and most of the top is made of 2x8 corrugated clear fiberglass sheets. Only about a 2-12 or 3-12 pitch.
     
  3. chickens? not yet

    chickens? not yet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 40 x 13 run and covered it with netting I found on e-bay, I paid $35.00 for it and it has worked very well, I'm not in snow so can't say about that.
     
  4. 3forfree

    3forfree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    some kind of tarp, and wire tie it to the sides if you're only doing the top for the winter.
     
  5. coolcanoechic

    coolcanoechic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I would be sure to rake the snow off after any big snow storms. You can get those roof rakes at any Home Depot or Lowes. This would ensure the snow load will not cause damage to the run. [​IMG]
     
  6. Fiddlehead

    Fiddlehead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'm thinking permanent as my silkies don't bother coming in from the rain! They stand out there and get soaked.... [​IMG]
     
  7. 3forfree

    3forfree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'm thinking permanent as my silkies don't bother coming in from the rain! They stand out there and get soaked.... [​IMG]

    You'll need to put wood trusses, and wire or steel panels or use conduit or pvc for a hoop, and use welded wire.
     
  8. Hunter0704

    Hunter0704 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I recently added two cyclone fence kennels to my run for added space. I tied down 10 foot metal poles across the top, then covered it with hardware cloth and secured the cloth with hog clips. The weather will go through the cloth.

    DO NOT USE A TARP...I did that on my first run and it was a pain. The rain collected, the snow collected and we had to lift the tarp everytime we went out there to get the water off of it and it made the tarp hold water and swell down into the coop.

    I also suggest you cover your chicken wire with hardware cloth...up the sides from the ground three feet to keep predators out. Chicken wire holds chickens in, not predators from getting in. Great looking coop and run!!!!!
     
  9. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

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    I strongly suggest whichever material you cover your run with, that you slant it so that heavy snow can slide off. I live in Oklahoma where we typically don't get much snow, and my run is covered by chain link fence panels. Last winter I put a tarp over part of it to help keep part of the run dry. We got much more snow than usual and it gathered on top of the tarp so much that it caved in the top of the run.
     
  10. DazeGoneBy

    DazeGoneBy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You've got the perfect setup to extend the roofline of your permanent structure and create a "carport" kind of effect. You'd have to tear down most of what you have now as far as the posts and chicken wire across the top. But, may I say that doing this would not only look great and protect the run from predators, snow, heat, etc. but would also probably increase your property value since such a structure could be repurposed for various future uses...like a carport.

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