RUN - To cover or not?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by real_redhead, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. real_redhead

    real_redhead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got the answer to why a raised coop and now I want advice on to cover the run or not. I know it needs to be protected from Hawks and Climbing predators so I know to use something that way. But my question is do we cover the run so it stays dry or does it really matter? I am currently using a chicken tractor with a A - Frame PVC pipe run covered in chicken wire. It has been fine for the flying predators but not so keeping the neighbors chicken killing dog away. I try to cover the run in the rain but it doesn't always work so it gets muddy and stinky. After getting an outrageous estimate to build a covered coop/run together we have decided to go with a Leonard 5x6 coop and hubby will build the run. Should the run be covered so it doesn't get wet and stinky?
     
  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like that my run is covered. Because it is not wet and stinky, I can't even remember the last time I cleaned it. The girls just keep turning over the dirt and it doesn't smell.
     
  3. 78Vette

    78Vette Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am doing my run half covered and half not.
     
  4. 3forfree

    3forfree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what are you covering your runs with? steel panels, tarp, wood? Mine's covered with chain link to keep critters out, then I'm building a hoop over it to add a tarp for shade.
     
  5. BigdaddySean

    BigdaddySean Out Of The Brooder

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    I used the Polytuf panels from Lowe's. Corrugated Vinyl. My run is 8x16, and I cover 12' foot of it, and left 4' just covered with hardware cloth. So far it's been good!
     
  6. yellowirenut

    yellowirenut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought this from tractor supply...worked great for keeping the snow out of the run
    http://www.tractorsupply.com/kennel-roof-cover-kit-10-ft-x-10-ft--1012319
     
  7. Eowyn2

    Eowyn2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The answer may depend on your climate as well. We built a raised coop with attached run, so there's dryness in the coop as well as under the coop. I didn't cover the run with anything solid, it's just wrapped in chicken wire.

    However, I live in an extremely arid climate: 7-9" of rain per year. It just doesn't get that wet here, rain or snow. I plan on growing a squash vine over the run to help shade in summer as well as grow corn in 3-sisters plantings next to coop to shade the coop. Need to worry more about shade than rain here. :)
     
  8. real_redhead

    real_redhead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am in Virginia so we get out fair amount of rain and snow. It rained today and the run is muddy! So I think it will be covered. c
     
  9. jruhle

    jruhle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live in SE Alaska and BOY does it rain!!! My chicken run is covered with gillnet to keep hawks out and I strung up a rope between 2 trees and tossed a tarp over it tent syle. It keeps the run pretty dry and snow free. If odor becomes a problem, I throw cedar shavings around the yard. Since I covered the run it doesn't get so mucky and the eggs are so much cleaner. I use locally harvested moss in my duck pens to keep them dry and clean.
     
  10. real_redhead

    real_redhead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all the info. Update, we got the Leonard coop and it looks great. My wonderful hubby who promised he would build a run is trying to get our contractor to do it. The problem is I have already spent way more than I wanted (coop and new fence). Contractor gave us an estimate for $1350 for a covered run that I think is about 10 ft long by 6 ft wide all materials included (hardwire cloth). This cost is for everything labor and materials. He also quoted us $1050 for labor, framing, roofing the run but us buying and putting in the hardwire cloth. I just asked how much would he charge just in labor and we buy the materials (thinking I can put it on Home Depot charge to give us a little time to pay with no interest any maybe get 10%off). I am waiting to hear back. What are everyone's thoughts should I just let the contracture do it and be done with it and have it done hopefully this weekend. Hubby went out of town to a volleyball tournament. I am not happy about hubby changing his mind but I know he works very hard and would rather pay someone to do it. He said he would work extra hard to pay for it which I know he will, plus since I knew this was coming down I have saved most of the money! THOUGHTS???
     

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