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do not use a tarp!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by lorihadams, Sep 28, 2009.

  1. lorihadams

    lorihadams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had a tarp to cover our run and boy was it a pain, every time it rained I worried that it was going to collapse the pen (a 10x10 dog kennel). Eventually it did and we came home to find after a heavy downpour that the top bars of the pen were bent into oblivion. We decided to suck it up and build a roof. Here's the before and after pics.

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    After our expenses it cost us about $50....the tin was free, some of the 2x4s were free and we had to buy the 4x4 posts and 4 of the 2x4x12s for the cross pieces. The most expense was the roofing tar at $12 a gallon and we had to get 2. the tin was old and starting to rust so we have to seal it. I wish we had done this last year and we would have saved ourselves a lot of money (on replacement tarps) and heartache and worry!
     
  2. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Don`t forget to run some wire around the openings at the top. Predators hate us......Pop
     
  3. lorihadams

    lorihadams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that's our project for this evening!
     
  4. 1stepcloser

    1stepcloser Poultry In Motion

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    Uh yah. We are learning the same lesson now. [​IMG] My first run is too tiny and the tarp makes a fabulous rain catcher. We will be buillding up, out, and with a roof this time.
     
  5. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    Good that you got the roof!!!! I used a tarp just for a few days and it drove me crazy.....Not that it takes much....[​IMG]
     
  6. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    You can use a tarp, you just have to support it properly and replace as needed. [​IMG]
     
  7. insiderart

    insiderart Obviously Insane

    Apr 30, 2009
    Arkansas
    That big black chicken in the first photo is my favorite!
     

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