Hoop houses as year-round coops

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Mrs. Mucket, May 27, 2011.

  1. Mrs. Mucket

    Mrs. Mucket Songster

    May 3, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    I have seen several pictures online of greenhouse-like hoop houses used for chicken quarters, even in climates with harsh winters. We are looking at options for expanding with some type of structure. We usually use wood, but the hoop house idea is intriguing because of the sunlight.

    Does anyone here use them or know much about them?

    I'm wondering how that works during the winter, what materials hold up to wind and snow, etc. Some I've seen look rigid and some look like flexible plastic.

    Or used seasonally, could they work like cold frames do for gardens, allowing you to start meat birds earlier in the spring or extend later in the fall? As it is we can have birds outside in tractors from May through October. Our winter lows are usually just around 0 F. with sun on most days.
  2. airmechreed

    airmechreed Chirping

    May 17, 2011
    Colorado Springs
    PVC and 6 mil plastic works great, but plan on replacing the plastic sheeting every other year or so due to uv rays

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