Our winterized run! Pic

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Nicole01, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    Dh just finished the run! He put a corrugated steel roof and siding(for summer shade). We finished it off with plastic, so no snow can get through. It's also 100% protected from the bitter wind! We originally were not going to winterize the run since we built our coop much bigger then we needed to. However, I can't imagine them getting along well without this added space! I'm so thrilled hubby did such a great job.

    Bring on the snow!!!

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  2. catdaddy66

    catdaddy66 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That looks very nice! A room with a view. Also lets in the light...

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  3. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    We had to put a light inside the coop since it's built inside the garage. The plastic doesn't block any light at all and we are hoping it will heat up the coop during the day or keep it warmer. We do have a very nice heater if we need it for the coop to keep the water thawed. The girls love it! It's raining out and they are in the run taking a dirt bath. [​IMG]
     
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  4. Rosaleen

    Rosaleen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice job. I just put our plastic up over the run last week and just in time...snow storm last night.
     
  5. madabouthens

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    thats class looking :)
     
  6. Ksane

    Ksane Overrun With Chickens

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    And that looks NICE! You've given me a good idea.
     
  7. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks everyone!

    Who'd ever think that the coop and run would cost so much?[​IMG] We certainly were not expecting it, but it's well worth everything!
     
  8. Monk

    Monk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ventilation is very important. I would open it up a bit, one end or top halves of both ends. Check on threads addressing ventilation for more information.
     
  9. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice! [​IMG]
     
  10. azygous

    azygous True BYC Addict

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    That's going to really pay off once winter gets going in ernest. Just not having to shovel the snow out of the pen is its own reward.

    The first few years, I put plastic sheeting up similar to what you've done. But as one comment already pointed out, you're kind of restricted as far as ventilation should you get some unseasonably warm weather.

    As the plastic sheeting requires replacement, I've built three and four foot wide light-weight wood frames and stretched the new plastic over them and secured it with heavy-duty staples. I mount them on the pen with wire. This way I can easily take down a few panels should we get very warm weather in between the usual blizzards. Then they go back up just as easily when the weather reverts to nasty again. Just something for you to think about.
     

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