Covering my A-frame run for winter. Any suggestions?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by PaisyQ, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. PaisyQ

    PaisyQ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, it's supposed to snow next week, so I figured I better get to work on covering the chicken run. I hadn't really thought it through before, and now I find myself a little stumped.

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    That's the coop and run above. The girls are used to having some free range time right now, but with winter coming, they'll probably be stuck in the run the majority of the time. I want to keep it as dry and snow free as possible. I was thinking of putting plastic up the sides, leaving maybe a five inch opening along the entire peek on both sides. Does that sound feasible? Will it give them enough ventilation, while keeping the majority of the snow out?
     
  2. Sage874

    Sage874 Out Of The Brooder

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    I use nice slick blue tarps. The snow slides right off. If it ices you can hit it with a stick to break it. I use my tarps in summer too for shade and rain. Inexpensive and effective. Our snow will be along soon too. Got the wee house done already with sand bottom and tarps. Next will be the big house. Good luck.
     
  3. Irishhenman

    Irishhenman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would put boards along the bottom to start, just to keep snow that falls outside the run out. Then I would cover one side completely with a tarp (whichever side gets the prevailing wind). That should keep a lot of snow out.
     
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    The only way to keep snow out of an A-frame is to cover it completely
    You'll basically need to build a tent over it if you use tarps

    Cheap blue tarps don't hold up well to weight, so the sides need to have a steep slope

    You could just cover it by laying the tarp directly on the frame, and let it extend over the ends for some protection there
     
  5. jjakaus

    jjakaus Out Of The Brooder

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    I am also in Michigan...did you say snow? I have not heard this! LOL
     
  6. PaisyQ

    PaisyQ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't want to leave them in complete darkness. :( I really need to get their new coop done.

    Maybe you'll be lucky enough to miss it. We've got a snow/rain combo predicted for wednesday, thursday, friday and saturday. :p
     
  7. jetdog

    jetdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Heavy duty clear shower curtains securely put on will keep the snow out and still let light and sunshine in, I use one one the south side of the run it works great for me.
     
  8. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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