My favorite coop improvement

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by bawkbawkbawk, Dec 11, 2009.

  1. bawkbawkbawk

    bawkbawkbawk Chillin' With My Peeps

    When I started researching chickens last spring, the two things that kept coming up in my reading were the importance of keeping things clean and of keeping things dry. Chickens + wet seems to lead to trouble. I guess I got that point across to DH pretty strongly because he arranged to have the pen covered with this corrugated plastic:


    It's clear, so the light comes through, but when it rains, we now have a great big umbrella over the pen. Yesterday the neighbor kids came over to visit the chickens and sat in the pen with the chickens, drinking hot chocolate and doing their homework while it poured rain. Everyone stayed perfectly dry!
  2. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    That's cool! The snow pack we get here would collapse our runs if I tried that--but it's a good idea! I've thought about wrapping the Northern pens with something similar to block the wind...
  3. lauralou

    lauralou Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 10, 2007
    Central Virginia
    I love it!
  4. Country Heart

    Country Heart City Girl With A

    Neat [​IMG]
  5. possumqueen

    possumqueen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2009
    Monroe, North Carolina
    Quote:You would need a steeper pitch to keep the snow from weighing everything down, wouldn't you?

    Or you could be my neighbor in North Carolina (Piedmont area) where we sensibly do without lots of snow![​IMG]
  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Yup, people in areas where it sometimes snows mustn't try to copy that way of putting the panels on... but for a snow-free climate, as long as the roof is attached so it won't blow off it looks good to me [​IMG]

    I agree, a roofed run is one of the very best things you can have!

  7. bawkbawkbawk

    bawkbawkbawk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oooh - hadn't thought of what it's like to be where it snows. I don't think we've ever had so much of a flurry here although we often see snow on the nearby mountains in the winter.

    We do have a rainy season, though - some years rainier than others and this year has been pretty wet so far. The roofed pen has made things so much easier for us AND for the chickens!
  8. rickc24

    rickc24 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 17, 2009
    Quote:im putting this on my run tomorrow which should take care of the rain...
  9. MissJenny

    MissJenny Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2009
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    What a great image -- neighbor kids sipping hot chocolate while doing their homework in a chicken coop. It's doesn't get much more "Norman Rockwell" than that... my faith in the next generation is restored![​IMG]

  10. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    I used the corrugated (but opaque) PVC roofing on my run. It's a bit sloped and currently has about 4 inches of snow on it. We had quite the snowstorm Wednesday. It's holding up just fine but the run is only 12x4.....I will get some of the snow off tomorrow when the temp is supposed to be high 20's.....I bet some of our Wisconsin kids will break out the flip flops and shorts (but wear a down jacket....go figure...) if the sun is out. Not me.... [​IMG]
    But you are is so nice to be able to have a dry area year round!

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