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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ebonykawai, Apr 28, 2008.

  1. ebonykawai

    ebonykawai Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'd like to put some tin or plastic roofing material over some of my run. My run is made from 2x2s and is basically 8ft x 8ft sections. How do you attach the roof material?
  2. ebonykawai

    ebonykawai Chillin' With My Peeps

    Or maybe I should use something else?? [​IMG]
  3. Iluvmychickens

    Iluvmychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2007
    Jacksonville, Florida
    nails, staples, . Is it covered in chicken wire now? Do you have a picture?
  4. ebonykawai

    ebonykawai Chillin' With My Peeps

    Here's a pic but it's finished now. Just a basic fence, really. Can you staple or nail through the tin or plastic? Do they come with holes or do you have to drill them yourself?

  5. poopcoop

    poopcoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2008
    Swansea, SC
    What exactly are you trying to accomplish by covering the run. Do you want it for shade, protection or what?
  6. Carolina Chicken Man

    Carolina Chicken Man Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2008
    Raleigh, NC
    I used galvanized metal as the roof for my coop, and extended it out over part of my run. You use a special nail that has a rubber gasket that seals the hole where it penetrates. You can get at Lowes or Home Depot You are going to have to add some some framing across to lay the metal on.

    I am attachng some pics of how mine went together




  7. orchidchick

    orchidchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2008
    south florida
    I actually covered my coop and part of my run with washers and wood screws (like you used to attach your hardware cloth) and some of the poly solar sheets with the waffle edge that are clear but with some sun shading capability that come in different lengths that you could probably figure out something from either your roof line to fence line or any thing you wanted, just keep in mind drainage. Some are better quality and won't discolor so whatever your pocketbook dictates. You can drill right thru the stuff. I suppose you could use a rubber washer if you really were looking for it to be water tight. Of course, I am in Fl, so I don't have issues with expansion or contraction either, but these pieces although you can get them in different lengths, they are not that wide and have to be overlapped. I hope this makes sense! They are kind of floppy so I would think you would have to frame out something to stabilize it.
    Good luck!
  8. ebonykawai

    ebonykawai Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Yes. [​IMG]

    Thanks, CCM, that's very helpful. Thanks, Orchid, that's very cool!
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2008
  9. poopcoop

    poopcoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2008
    Swansea, SC
    I built my coop about 1 foot off the ground, so they can go under it for shade. My run is wide open and I put a solar powered electric fence around it for around $60.00. I have an automatic door that opens and closes. It works off a timer and makes it easy to let them out in the morning and in at night around $150.

    Looking at your coop I would probably just build an awning with a roost off the side around 3 foot high and angle it out to keep good drainage off and away.


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