Recommendations for run design

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Rtocknell, Jun 5, 2016.

  1. Rtocknell

    Rtocknell Just Hatched

    13
    0
    12
    Jun 5, 2016
    We bought a standard coop with an upper portion that closes and has the nesting boxes and a lower open small coop portion. We've decide since we can't leave them to free range during the day while we're at work all day, we wanted to build a big run (chicken playpen or play yard as my husband refers to it) off the coop. My question is two fold - does anyone recommend adding a roof that's water proof? And second, should I extra waterproof the pre built coop? I'm worried (probably unnecessarily so) about them getting wet and cold.... Especially in the winter.
     
  2. ambe0487

    ambe0487 Chillin' With My Peeps

    759
    50
    141
    Jul 6, 2015
    Urbandale, IA

    I don't have specific advise but was hoping to bump your question for someone who has more answers.
     
  3. Howard E

    Howard E Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,286
    509
    171
    Feb 18, 2016
    Missouri
    For most settings, I would plan on putting a solid roof over the run, both for rain and snow, but also for shade. Even more so if the coop that houses the birds is small.

    Can you provide a picture of the coop?
     
  4. Rtocknell

    Rtocknell Just Hatched

    13
    0
    12
    Jun 5, 2016
    Thanks for the response!

    Yes, I'll take some tonight when I get home.

    Its for 4 birds. the pre built coop has a roof - but open sides with wire.

    I probably overley worry about them :)
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by