Roof on run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Kmath, Feb 20, 2015.

  1. Kmath

    Kmath Out Of The Brooder

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    I built an 8x8 fully fenced run( bottom sides and top) Should I also put a roof on to shield from rain? Or will the chickens just stay inside all day in the rain?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    You should roof at least part of it. The chickens won't stay out of the rain and then they'll track mud into the nest boxes.
    Also, you don't want to have to shovel snow out of the run, unless you just want to top the snow with straw every time you get some.
     
  3. jackcooper

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    Yes I agree only roof part of it so in the summer aswell they have shade
     
  4. Kmath

    Kmath Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok I'll do that. This coop and run is only temporarily. Building a larger one to hold 30 hens in a couple months. Looking at this kind of design.[​IMG]
     
  5. bucky52

    bucky52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    some of my runs are roofed.it makes it so nice in the cold winter months.keeps them dry.and we wrap the sides for winter in heavy plastic.than I toss in some straw and dry leaves.my girls spend most of their time in that run on cold and rainy days.toss in a handful of scratch and they are in chicken heaven..
     
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  6. Kmath

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    Terrible question I'm sure... But.. What is scratch??
     
  7. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    If you don't know, it isn't a terrible question.
    Scratch = scratch grains. A treat consisting of cracked corn, wheat, milo or whatever is available and cheap at the time the mill fills the bag.
    Chickens love to scratch the ground for seeds and bugs. Scratch satisfies some of their needs. That said, scratch is normally pretty low in some essential nutrients and should be kept to about 5% of the total intake.
     
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  8. Eagleeyeice

    Eagleeyeice Chillin' With My Peeps

    No question about it, put a roof on it. Lots of good reasons. rain, snow, sun, predator's, etc.
    Please post pics when you get it done.
     
  9. Kmath

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    Thanks for informing me on the scratch. We decided to cover most our run. We are starting to build the main coop and run. Looking at 12x12 coop and 16x12 run.
     
  10. ChickenCanoe

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    Be careful with snow load on the roof, with a span that wide you'll need at least one row of posts, 2 sets would be better.
     

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