roof on run or not

StupidBird

Songster
10 Years
Apr 8, 2009
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GA
I'm planning a new coop, permanent, step up from the tractor. It will have both. One roofed run area, for shade and lousy weather. The other will be something added later, just netted over or something. DH is thinking along the lines of moveable tunnels of wire leading to a moveable enclosed ranging area. I've also been looking at the hoop runs based on arched over cattle panels.

Where are you? Climate - wise, I'm looking for summer heat protection and weeks of cold rainy winter mucky.
 

Woods_Woman

Songster
11 Years
Oct 21, 2009
1,144
6
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Oregon Rain Forest
I've noticed that people have varying opinions on covered runs. I myself have to have a covered run, I prefer it and so does my girls. I live in Oregon, and we get lots of rain and I want my girls to be comfortable. Their first run was not covered and I noticed that whenever it rained they just hung out in the coop area. Now that we have a new coop w/covered run they dont go running for the coop every time it rains, they spend all day in the run now unless their laying eggs, the rain no longer chases them away to the coop.
 

patandchickens

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Apr 20, 2007
12,520
336
341
Ontario, Canada
A solid roof is really nice to have, but does cost more (not just for the roofing, but b/c you need to engineer its rafters etc more solidly).

n your climate, a wire mesh roof would be quite adequate, possibly with the addition of shadecloth on the top and the W side during summer.

Mind, a wire mesh roof still needs to have strong enough rafter-type support that it will not collapse under the weight of raccoons or snow. (Yes, snow CAN still build up on mesh, especially if it is 1" mesh or smaller; err on the side of 'possibly too strong' rather than 'gee I hope that's ok'!!)

Good luck, have fun,

Pat
 

trilyn

Songster
10 Years
Apr 13, 2009
2,117
13
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East Syracuse
If you've got the money-cover it (solid roof)! Makes for happy girls and happy owners-less mud and muck. nuf said
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bigoakhunter

Songster
10 Years
Jul 29, 2009
553
7
131
Michigan
Here in Michigan a run is no good 1/2 the year without a covered roof. Where you are at you could probably get away without the roof. Jojufarms hasw a good idea...cover half of your run. THis gives some shade and weather protection, but cuts down on engineering and costs.
 

Heathercp

Songster
12 Years
Jul 23, 2008
109
4
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Chapel Hill, NC
Half and half sounds perfect to me, too. We're in Durham, NC and have an 8'x6' section of the run covered with a solid roof. The remainder is covered with 2"x4" welded wire to keep the big predators out. I'm so very happy that we've got a section that stays dry when it rains. It gives me a place to stand around and watch them in inclement weather and I can move the feeder outside and know it will stay dry. I've also located a dust bath for them in this covered section. They really go to town in that thing. It is much more expensive to put up a roof over part of the run, but as far as I'm concerned, it was totally worth it.
 

marlin

In the Brooder
11 Years
May 1, 2008
52
2
41
Grand Bay, Alabama
Green house shade cloth work really well for a cover. It provides shade some protection and is easy to manage.I put it over my run and I like it Also looks pretty good.
 

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