Im doing a bit of research on the best possible options for chicken yards. The criteria for the yard are: ease of access to the yard for cleaning/maintenance ensuring the flock is contained protecting the flock from predators providing year round access to the yard for the flock ensure the yard will survive a heavy snow load minimizing cost for construction of yard Weve had chickens for several years. Each winter Im faced with the same problems, the snow load becomes too heavy for the protective barrier over the top of the yard to support and the fencing collapses & my chickens spend too little time foraging. Im looking for ideas & suggestions that may have worked for you or others chicken owners you may know. One added condition is that the area where the yard is located is unlevel. My plan of attack for this winter is to build an A frame enclosure that I can tarp in heavy snows/rains. Thanks!