do you cover your chicken run in the winter?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by notducky, Sep 24, 2014.

  1. notducky

    notducky Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 14, 2014
    I have a large run so I can't afford to cover it all but I've wondered about the benefits of enclosing part of it for the winter. I was thinking it would give them a snow free place to play outside, and maybe keep the coop warmer. Greenhouse like? Any thoughts?
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Yes, a lot of people do something like this. Chickens generally don't like to walk on snow, so this gives them a way to get outside, which of course makes life much more pleasant for them.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I wish I could cover my run!!
    Part of it is under the coop....I call it the 'Under Run'.

    I do have an awning over the pop door and ramp.....and a glass foyer that blocks the west wind from the pop door.

    Keeping part of it shoveled out last year was a bear, had to tho just to keep access into the run and the outside of the pop door plus a bit extra. Finally started putting a thin layer of straw down so they would walk out onto the snow and get a little more leg room to avert Cabin(Coopin?) Fever.
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2014

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