Official BYC Poll: How Is Your Run Covered?

How Is Your Run Covered?

  • With netting

    Votes: 82 23.5%
  • With hardware cloth

    Votes: 77 22.1%
  • With a solid roof

    Votes: 128 36.7%
  • With a tarp

    Votes: 60 17.2%
  • My run isn't covered

    Votes: 56 16.0%
  • Other (elaborate in a reply below)

    Votes: 29 8.3%

  • Total voters

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Premium Feather Member
13 Years
Feb 22, 2009
For many chicken keepers free-ranging the flock is not an option, so their birds are confined to a chicken run most if not all the time. Chickens kept in coops with a run attached are easier to keep safe from predators. Chicken runs can be basic with wires strung across the top to discourage flying predators like hawks or they can be elaborate with a complete wire roof that is high enough for you to comfortably enter the run to clean.

So please share with us: How Is Your Run Covered?

Please place your vote above, and please elaborate in a reply below if you chose "Other".

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13 Years
Jul 10, 2009
North Carolina Sandhills
My Coop
My Coop
The current run is not covered. I know I have hawks in the area (which is one reason I have mostly been running toward larger breeds), but haven't yet had any issues. The run has lots of cover and hiding places. (Not all photos are current, I've been rearranging things as I integrate additions).





The Chicken Palace, currently in progress, will be an Open Air coop -- integrated coop and run -- with a solid roof. But I'll still use the electric net pen for additional ranging space.


The Frosted Flake
Premium Feather Member
14 Years
Jul 26, 2008
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
My Coop
My Coop
I have used netting... actually fishnet, in less secure runs.

But for best security I have concrete reinforcing wire layered with chicken wire as the roof.


I do have my standard chicken run with concretely reinforcing wire only. Some areas have the second layer of chicken wire, others do not.

I found that fishnet was not always effective against large birds of prey, AND snow always tears it down.

The concrete wire is super sturdy, so as long as fence posts/supporting structure is strong enough to hold the weight of snow, it holds up!

Sally PB

Premium Feather Member
Aug 7, 2020
Belding, MI
My run is a metal green house frame. I have chicken wire over the top. In the winter, I covered it with two heavy duty tarps. I only have one tarp on now, for more light, as the trees give a fair amount of shade.

In the next month or so, we're going to put clear polycarbonate sheets on for a roof. Then there will be plenty of light. There will be a ridge vent to allow the hot air that's rising to escape. If it does get too warm, I'll throw a tarp over part of it for shade.

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