Hardware cloth roof

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Ekischicks, May 26, 2019.

  1. Ekischicks

    Ekischicks In the Brooder

    Apr 6, 2019
    Will a hardware cloth roof sag? Will obviously need to use a snow broom to clear it off in winter. Planning on using hardware cloth for the roof and attaching it to the peak of the coop and reinforcing the other pieces with 2 by 4s. The corner posts are level, so aside from the coop roof, there’s not much of a pitch. The coop windows and run are done with hardware cloth, so we have plenty leftover.

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  2. ZooAtHome

    ZooAtHome Songster

    Jun 7, 2018
    NW Oregon
    You might want to add a crossbeam for support so that you can secure the hardware cloth on all four sides. That is what I did and mine doesn't sag.
  3. BigBlueHen53

    BigBlueHen53 Songster

    Mar 5, 2019
    SE Missouri, USA
    Nice setup! How many birds?
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  4. Ekischicks

    Ekischicks In the Brooder

    Apr 6, 2019
    Perfect! That was our plan. My dad wasn’t sure it would work.
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  5. Ekischicks

    Ekischicks In the Brooder

    Apr 6, 2019
    5 lovely ladies - 2 NH Reds, a buff laced polish, an Ameraucana, and a black Jersey giant. Still need to get the nesting boxes done, but they are only 3 weeks old.
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  6. Tycine1

    Tycine1 Crowing

    May 26, 2009
    David, Chiriquí, Panama
    Yes it will.
  7. cheekychick3

    cheekychick3 Songster

    Apr 30, 2019
    Hi There.
    Although i live in UK my husband used this on ours he built. It is similar
    run to your one. We then bought this, to place over the top, i have copied it for you
    to have a look. Bought ours from Amazon uk. the cover itself, has eylet holes as well.
    So he screwed some screws, halfway down the run, outside, and then we bought a pack,
    of bungee ropes, diffrent sizes in a pack. Copied them both, for you to see We have a
    lot of rain here, and this cover is brilliant to keep them dry. Just make sure you pull it
    as tight across as you can, then use the bungee ropes to hold it down. Works brilliant
    for us, plus they are not expensive either. Thought it may give you an idea, hope this has helped. The cover is really thick, and was a great buy. Plus, it is huge, but really thick.
    Good luck.

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    got white, as it do not stop the light coming through, but also acts as a great sun shade.
    The bungee ties, we bought in a pack, 3 diffrent
    sizes, which were brilliant, as my husband then
    placed screws outside on diffrent levels, to make
    the cover tight. Scroll to bottom, as there are more pics of the cover. See what you think.

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    Clear Tarpaulin Reinforced 3M X 4M Rain Sheet Tarp Sheeting Cover 10ft x 13ft

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    Price: £13.99 & FREE delivery
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  8. Harmony Fowl

    Harmony Fowl Songster

    Jul 17, 2017
    It will, but we used chicken wire over our small chain link dog run to keep birds of prey out but let snow through. We placed a couple planks across the narrower dimension of the run to support the chicken wire, attaching them to the metal portion of the run to keep them in place. So far, so good. Not a solution for a huge space, but it can work.
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  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I'd add several supports under the HC...and make sure you attach it well.
    Overlap pieces by at least 1.5-2" and no screws in first row of HC edge holes,
    always go to second or third row of holes.

    How will you reach it with a snow broom...and what is a 'snow broom'??

    Oh, and...Welcome to BYC! @Ekischicks
    Where in this world are you located?
    Climate, and time of year, is almost always a factor.
    Please add your general geographical location to your profile.
    It's easy to do, (laptop version shown), then it's always there!
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  10. Ekischicks

    Ekischicks In the Brooder

    Apr 6, 2019
    Geography changed! So a snow broom is essentially just a large hard sponge like mop on an extender pole that’s good for cleaning snow off of taller cars/vans/trucks

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