Run Overhead? HELP?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by lunkerchicken, May 3, 2009.

  1. lunkerchicken

    lunkerchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    I keep changing my mind on what to cover the run with. First I wanted to do a solid roof (maybe some type of corrugated roofing). I have tried to locate some of this type of roofing locally but unable to as of yet!??! Then I thought of covering it with some more chicken wire which is a viable option. Now I see a lot of fellow BYC'ers using netting. I am at a loss. I need advice and I need it now!!! What are your opinions?
  2. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    Quote:Hello, you can use metal sheets roofing, and you can find the Phone # in your yellow oages under still or still building, or poll barns, man I can't imagine that there is none what so ever at your area.

  3. sianara

    sianara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2007
    Central MA
    I live in Central MA. All my large runs are made of 1" plastic covered chicken wire (wish I could have afforded to do the original runs in hardware cloth!). Walls, flooring, ceiling. Then I covered them with those plastic "wavy" sheets (don't know the name) to help with snow load. Plus, it keeps an area where they can get out of the rain. The wavy plastic sheets weren't too expensive, less than $20 for an 8' x 4' sheet if I remember correctly.

    My silky run is all hardware cloth but I didn't put a solid cover on it at all since they can run under the coop (18" up off the ground) for cover.

    Of course, we might be talking of two different things here. I consider my runs the area that is attached directly to the coop and it can be locked up. My yards are beyond the run/coop and can not be locked. I do have some netting over some areas of my yards that don't have many trees and it gives further protection from hawks.
    Last edited: May 3, 2009
  4. CityChook

    CityChook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Coop
    Chicken wire or netting of any sort as a roof of your run will sag and fail under the weight of a 40 lb. raccoon. Are you willing to risk it?
  5. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

    Feb 3, 2009
    Hope Mills, NC
    I would love to cover all mine with corrugated plastic, but it's cheaper to buy deer netting. I suggest shade cloth also! It depends on your needs. If you just want to avoid hawks and hens escaping, then netting, if you want shade, or rain barrier, then solid roof.
  6. chicky gal1

    chicky gal1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2009
    what about netting and snow? how do you keep the snow from sagging the net down?
  7. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    You're going to want a solid roof or snow will collapse it, and corrugated plastic won't hold up, either.

    Around here you just go to the local sheet metal manufacturer; they make metal roofing to order. Metal roofing can be bought around here at Home Depot or Lowe's, but a sheet metal business is cheaper and offers more choices.

    But maybe that is a southern thing. Probably half the houses around here have metal roofs.
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  8. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2008
    Northern NV
    I keep my breeds in their own coops so I have 3 smaller runs, about 4' x 7'. I went down to the Habitat re-sale shop and got exterior doors for $5 each. I hinged them on one side of the top of the run (only about 4-5' high) so we can lift up the door and throw greens in each morning.

    Won't work for a large run but it seems to be working good for our small ones.
  9. lunkerchicken

    lunkerchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you to all for there posts so far - some great ideas and advice.

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