Does a run need to be covered?

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

  1. 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 Songster

    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 Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    Saint George GA
    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. 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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