Plastic for Run

chickenthyme

Chirping
Feb 3, 2018
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NE Ohio
I know I asked this question last year but here I am again. Last year I bought transparent tarps from Grainger. I liked that they were actually transparent but that's where it stopped. SUPER heavy duty but to the point I could NOT manage it by myself and even was a super job with my husband helping plus being colder outside, they had NO give to them whatsoever!!

So here I am asking for suggestions again. Really would like something easy that I don't have to recreate to use. Thanks again!! 🐓🐓🐓
 

jwlee

Chirping
Aug 8, 2020
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289
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Portland, OR
We used corrugated clear panels. They worked awesome, better ventilation with them than plastic we used before and we still have them to use this year, we took them down in the spring and store in the rafters of the shed. View attachment 2385758 View attachment 2385759
I like this idea. I’ll need to try this next year. And it’s extra protection from predators! It‘s my first winter with chickens so I just covered 3 sides with clear shower curtains from the Dollar Tree. Not sure how well they will hold up but the girls seem warmer and it only cost me $3. Lol
 

RojoMarz

Songster
May 21, 2020
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Southern CO...at 8600 ft
We found some heavier/thicker plastic sheet in in a 10'x25' foot roll. After cutting to run length, i did have to roll all the edges in 1x2's to give us something to attach to the run (all metal, no wood) with zip ties. I also had to put something horizontally in the middle of the plastic, to help stop bellowing...we are in extreme wind area.
 

deidreg

Songster
Premium Feather Member
Jul 6, 2020
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744
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Connecticut
Finished winterproofing the coop, and run in a hurry yesterday. The hens went to sleep as I was finishing! Heavy rain today and snow tomorrow will provide a good test. :fl
 

jreardon1918

Songster
Jul 13, 2016
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1,115
246
Southeast, MA
My Coop
I used dollar store clear shower curtains last year. They are very thin, yet lasted all winter. Even left them up a little long to accommodate the brooder in the run. I will reuse the boards that held them up. So this year I need about 10 curtains $10 + tax.

I will look for a picture.
 

Chicalina

Crowing
Aug 1, 2020
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2,122
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UK
You can use plastic feed bags slit open to form sheets and fasten with zip ties. They are very durable and look cool too.
 

Wee Farmer Sarah

Crossing the Road
Oct 8, 2018
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North Central Massachusetts
I sprung for heavy duty shower curtains a couple of years ago and still have them. I string them on rope and use another “band” of rope attached to bungee cords to control wind billowing. The run stays warm and the chickens are able to see a little bit through the curtains.
 

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