do i need an overhang on my chicken run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Morgan951, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. Morgan951

    Morgan951 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 30, 2012
    I bought corrugated plastic roofing already, 8 feet which will exactly fit the run. No overhang at all whatsoever. My coop has overhang though. I want to keep the rain out of the run so it stays dry. It rains a lot in the winter in oregon and it gets windy. So what would be the point of an overhang? Or do i need to take it back and buy 12 foot panels and cut them a whole bunch, which is what im trying to avoid. Thanks for any help!
  2. fried green eggs

    fried green eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2011
    S.E. Michigan
    Having a overhang will keep the rain run-off farther away from the fences edge. 8' will work but the parameter will get wet whenever it rains. Wind will carry the rain farther into the pen even with an overhang.
  3. Rhoise

    Rhoise Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2012
    Boise, Idaho
    Gutters would help for sure, I just put that plastic clear roofing around the bottom 36 inches of our covered run as a splash guard/snow block, the water pours off the roof and hits pavers and splashes into the run, so may add a gutter if the drainage isn't sufficient with splash guards, the stuff i bought wasn't too hard to cut used kitchen scissors....
  4. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    Sand in the run will drain well.

  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Not really, as long as the chickens can stay dry if they are out, and the floor of the run does not get saturated.

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