New coop! Should I wrap some of the run to protect the girls from the wind?

Irishkillian

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Hi!
I’m new to chickens and I’m so excited about our coop! I designed it and helped build in 😁 I took to this website constantly for coop advise. I’m working on a few more vents and insulation tomorrow inside of it. I might even wrap some of the run in clear tarp to protect the 5 girls from the wind. What do you think?
 

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Irishkillian

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Sorry! Forgot that important detail! New Jersey. We live on the river so the northeast winds can be brutal!
 

CluckerFamily

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Since you already have them, I bet the bales of straw would be handy.

I have to worry about the wind and snow in Wisconsin so I slide corrugated plastic sheets on the sides of my run but leave about a one foot gap at the top to allow for ventilation in the winter.
 

Irishkillian

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Oh my! I love idea!! I have some those sheets now bc I’m going to waterproof the ceiling (under the stairs platform). Never thought to use that to protect against the wind! Hum....
 

Irishkillian

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It is 20 square feet. And the girls get it it the run(which is 64 square feet) by a pop up door. See pics below. I insulated it today and we also got out first egg!!
 

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That's a pretty cute little coop. Also congrats on the first egg! I'm in NJ also. I didn't put any tarp around my run last year since it was a pretty mild winter last year. This year I've put tarp around 75 percent of the run. I think you should wrap the run against wind if you want to. Be sure to leave some ventilation room tho.
 

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