Does a run need to be covered?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by devora, Jun 9, 2007.

  1. devora

    devora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Our run is covered w/ wire for pest protection. Some of the pix on the site show roofs on runs. Do I need to put a roof on?
     
  2. barg

    barg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2007
    Here in the PacificNW if you dont have a roof, you have mud.
    So it depends on your local weather.
    They also need a spot to get out of the sun, so it depends on how your whole coop and run are set up.
     
  3. cookinmom

    cookinmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Down here some kind of cover for shade is a plus, not to mention keeps hawks from snatching the chickens. Ours is covered with chicken wire over most of it, and the rest of it has a tin roof where we extended the roof out from the house, kind of like a porch. Gives 'em somewhere to get out of the rain/sun without having to go in the house.
     
  4. devora

    devora Chillin' With My Peeps

    I thought my location had been printed next to my name but it wasn't so I just fixed it.

    I'm in N. Califronia and it does rain, but not quite like WA. Is mud a problem? Will it harm them come winter? (Unfortunately we won't see a drop of rain until Oct. or Nov.)

    The run is wire on the sides as well so I think we'd have to make the whole thing into a house in order to keep the water out! [​IMG]

    They have shade so that's not an issue. They'll need it if it's like last year: 112 degrees!!
     

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