Roof or No Roof Over Run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chickenmadness7, Aug 1, 2014.

  1. chickenmadness7

    chickenmadness7 Chirping

    Jun 2, 2014
    I am a new chicken owner and trying to do everything right for my babies. I have a shady 10 X 10 run that is covered with hard cloth to keep predators out. However, there's no actual roof to keep rain and snow out. Should I add a roof?
  2. MohicanHase

    MohicanHase Chirping

    Apr 27, 2014
    on my duck pen I just attached a tarp to a portion of it, and they go under it when it rains. :)
  3. RJSorensen

    RJSorensen Chicken George

    I really like covered runs, and try to use them when ever I can. If you have snow, a roof would be needed, should you choose to have a roof, to support the snow load. Tarps are ok with water, to a point, but not having to shovel out the snow for the birds in winter is worth quite a bit to the bird keeper, and the chickens like it as well.

    Best to you and your birds,

  4. Smorz

    Smorz Chirping

    Mar 12, 2014
    We had about half of our run tarped and then only wire on the rest of it. Sometimes the water was an issue when heavy rains.
  5. MohicanHase

    MohicanHase Chirping

    Apr 27, 2014
    yes that is true, tarps can only go so far. I was thinking of making my run with a removable roof for winter, and when it storms. but tarps work for quick temporary setup. [​IMG]
  6. ECBW

    ECBW Songster

    Apr 12, 2011
    I would say roof, to keep rain and snow out.

    My run did not have a roof. After observing that the run getting muddy or snow covered, I built a "slab" of a roof that can be easily removed to allow sunlight.

    Now, the slab stays on more than not. So yes, roof is better.
  7. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    I have 2/3 unroofed and 1/3 roofed- the roofed side is the side that's gets 5 of 6 'walls' (floor, roof and N,E, and W -walls) It works well- in rain they go under cover and they still get sun throughout the day in different spots (heavy tree cover) .

    I'm in FL so no snow expected.
  8. SFCountryGirl

    SFCountryGirl In the Brooder

    Jul 30, 2014
    My run is fully enclosed with chain link fence and chicken wire. We have a tarp for shade with a pvc pipe bowed underneath. The water runoff will go the direction you place the pvc. But, i know tarps are only temporary because of wear. Another thing that bothers me is that i'm a little nervous of little scavengers getting in. So i say either cover your run with bird netting or a solid roof. You can never be to careful.
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2014
  9. tiffrosef

    tiffrosef Chirping

    Jun 17, 2014
    We used a net for the roof, luckily the girls get loads of shade from a large maple tree so that was no worry. We have a ton of hawks around so we had to enclose them or risk losing our whole flock very quickly.
  10. donniek

    donniek In the Brooder

    Jun 15, 2014
    Central Arkansas
    An option I decided upon for my run is heavy duty white canvas drop cloths... with a decent "slope" (3 or 4/12 pitch) they will shed rain and are as easy to put on and take off as tarps and will trap less heat in the summer.

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