Need advice about covering run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Kate in CT, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. Kate in CT

    Kate in CT Out Of The Brooder

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    We've just about completed our coop and run, but we're still working out the best ways to predator proof. The run is 12' x 12' made of chain link kennel panels. We want to put a roof on it and are considering hardware cloth. We're wondering what other people have done. Do you think we need to build a wooden frame to go over the run? Will we need to support hardware cloth across 12 feet? What's the best/easiest/strongest way to attach the cover to the chain link? Thanks for any and all advice!
     
  2. berkeleysprings

    berkeleysprings Chillin' With My Peeps

    go over the roof area with cattle fence and cover it with hardware cloth
    and use a few 2x4s with a few nails threw the cattle fence to the top of the 2x4 bend over the nails also u can attach a few pirches to the 2x4 for outside perching
     
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    You will need a sturdy wood frame (like with rafter-type supports) and it would be best to have one or two central posts as well, holding it up -- you will be surprised how much snow hardwarecloth catches, and how heavy that amount of snow is, and how much of a mess it makes of your hardwarecloth, run, and potentially *chickens* when the whole shebang collapses.

    Browse last Dec for a variety of eddifying threads on the theme of "help, my run collapsed in last night's snow" if you need further incentive [​IMG]

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     

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