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 In 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 Crowing

    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!

    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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