I love Fleet Farm - cheap acrylic

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by True Grit, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. True Grit

    True Grit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Last winter I put clear vinyl shower curtains around my run to wind and snow proof it but I put a lot of staples in the wood, went through a lot of vinyl and still would end up outside in the dark in a blizzard re-stapling the flapping plastic. I've been looking at plexiglass sheets but that stuff is super expensive so I was resigned to using plastic again until I went to Fleet Farm. They had Optix clear acrylic .080 sheets for about 30% off and they weren't high to begin with. I got 4 36"x72" for $96, 3 30 x 40ish for $42 and 2 24"x30" for $24, total $162 plus $15 for mirror brackets to put them up with. I bet I spent $40 on plastic last winter and these panels should last for many years. [​IMG] Yay Fleet Farm! Also their gas was 3.48 vs 3.89 in my area for premium.
     
  2. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why couldn't you use plywood or pressboard? It's about $7 a sheet here. [​IMG]
     
  3. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    Seriously?? Plywood at $7 a sheet?????? T-111 runs over $20 a sheet the last time I looked, about 10 years ago!

    Send some my way!
     
  4. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    Quote:It will save you time too! Good job hunting down a bargain.
     
  5. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice find!


    Last year I used 6 mil plastic and covered it over with cheap reed rolled fencing. The fencing helped keep the plastic in place and not flapping. When spring rolled around, I took down the plastic but recycled the fencing back up to provide shade.
     
  6. True Grit

    True Grit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:That would certainly work and be cheaper. I just like seeing in and them being able to see out!
     
  7. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL. I have an eclosed wood coop, but an open chicken yard where they can run and I can watch them. Seems like plastic would create a greenhouse effect, and be too expensive.

    PS. love your siggy
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  8. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Pressboard is $7, plywood is a little bit more. I just built my baby coop out of it.
     
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  9. True Grit

    True Grit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Thanks! Yes greenhouse effect is exactly what I'm looking for when it gets below zero or so. It's not a big run and I want to keep out the snow so I leave open space on the lee side for moisture to escape. It's pricey but the perfect solution (I hope) for me..
     
  10. goldtopper

    goldtopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I go to Fleet Farm every Saturday whether I need anything or not.
    Turns out I always do!
     

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