How do you use TARPS?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by joebryant, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. joebryant

    joebryant Crowing

    How do some of you use tarps in your coop or run.
    I find them to be great over the floor of the coop and up the walls about eight inches to hold the wood shavings. Comes time for cleanout, simply unscrew the screw/fender washer holding the tarp and drag out all the "time to be removed" dirty shavings.
    Does anyone now or plan to use tarps for interior walls or exterior walls for winter?
    In or over the run?
    Anything else?

  2. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

    Dec 16, 2008
    wow that is smart I never thought of using it that way!
  3. BeccaOH

    BeccaOH Morning Gem Farm

    Oct 3, 2008
    east central Ohio
    Good tip! [​IMG]
  4. gsim

    gsim Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    East Tennessee
    Sounds like a quickie cleanup trick for small coops. Would be especially good if cleanout access is from outside. Really fast and easy.

    Mine is 8x16 and too big for a tarp. Too bulky and troublesome to get out the door. I did linoleum and only change out litter twice a year. I use grass clippings for litter all summer long, and switch to straw or leaves or both for winter. Free products for me. I use poop planks to keep poop on floor in litter to a minimum. Poop goes to compost in summer, garden in winter. Also I put strips of linoleum between the wall studs 18" tall that angle outward to cover the wall base plate (bottom 2x4). I stapled them into place and caulked the tops and sides so that I can use a garden hose if I want to at litter changing time. Keeps poop from building up on wall base plate so keeps odor and bacteria levels lower.

  5. Uzuri

    Uzuri Songster

    Mar 25, 2009
    Oh that's a neat idea. Like those kitty-litter-box liner bags XD

    My hen house is practically all tarps. There's one wrapped around one corner to keep rain out of the hinge side of the pop hole, then there's one on the roof to help shed water. It hangs down over the pop-hole as well to make kind of a porch. Then there's a cut tarp across the front that can be folded back onto the roof on nice days or put down across the ventilation holes to hold in heat or block rain and wind.

    I like tarps. I especially like THESE tarps because I scrounged them for free.
  6. cherylcohen

    cherylcohen The Omelet Ranch

    Sep 18, 2009
    SF East Bay CA
    We use a tarp over our newly built outdoor "roof" the roof is made up of a large pvc pipe that goes along the middle of the area and then a net is draped over it. It makes the outdoor area tall enough for us to stand in. Then when it is raining we puat a tarp over it and the rain just runs off.



  7. Beau coop

    Beau coop Songster

    May 19, 2008
    Quote:Hey Joe,
    Do you have a picture of this setup? Does the tarp get ripped when they scratch around in shavings?

  8. joebryant

    joebryant Crowing

    Quote:Hey Joe,
    Do you have a picture of this setup? Does the tarp get ripped when they scratch around in shavings

    No, their scratching doesn't seem to bother it. There's never been a rip or sign of wear.
    This is the only picture that I have of it. [​IMG]
  9. JoAnn_WI_4-H_Mom

    JoAnn_WI_4-H_Mom Songster

    Jun 17, 2009
    West Central WI
    I am trying cardboard on the floor and up the sides of the coop a bit to hold shavings in. I have a coop that is just a fenced off corner of a large pole shed.

  10. joebryant

    joebryant Crowing

    Quote:You might also consider going to Home Depot, buying a $5 4- x 8-foot sheet of 1/2-inch OSB board, and having them cut it into six eight-inch strips that are eight feet long.

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