shade cloth question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by cjexotic, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. cjexotic

    cjexotic Cj's Mandarin Ducks

    Mar 11, 2008
    Central PA
    I have never used shade cloth but need to do something to make my coop cooler.
    My coop is covered with a very large tarp. its 22 x 40'. It use to come down the sides like a building
    but I have opened it up and made make shift windows (cut out tarp) for my pens that are elevated.
    I put up guttering to keep the rain from coming in and can close this up with plastic for winter.
    My concern now is its all light now (had been kind of dark) but with that the sun makes heat.
    So I had gotten the idea to hang shade cloth on the sides. That way I still would have light and less heat.
    As I was looking at it (did not know it came in degrees of uv filtering) I have choices and don't know which to get.
    I want the pen to have the light it long needed and has now but reduce the suns heat.
    I had planned on getting the black but now worried it will make it dark. I could get white that reflects heat but
    White will soon become ratty looking. Heck I can not even wear white due to getting dirty so easy. lol
    Any suggestion on color or degree of filtering. As I have no clue. Thanks cj

    p.s. I have a friend that would give me black so that is why I have the question on if it will make it too dark.
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2010
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I think you are overthinking this [​IMG]

    Get the dark stuff (black or green), it works best and is more affordable than the good-quality light-colored stuff.

    Get as high a % of shade as you can affordably obtain (I would suggest at least 75%, if possible).

    It will be fine [​IMG] Shadecloth is great stuff.

    Good luck, have fun,

  3. texasshell

    texasshell In the Brooder

    Jun 7, 2010
    Marion, TX
    I have always used the black shade cloth on my dog runs and it is not to dark at all IMO. That is what I am planning on doing on my run this weekend, cover with wire and then shade cloth.
  4. mdbokc

    mdbokc Songster

    Jun 22, 2009
    Oklahoma County, OK
    Always give some space between the shade cloth and the item/area you want to keep cooler.

    The same is true when using a tarp. The heat is intense below a tarp for several inches. I prefer a slope (rather than flat) to speed the removal of heat buildup below a tarp. I allow for a minimum 12 inch space below a tarp. Much less required for shade cloth.
  5. Hattiegun

    Hattiegun Songster


    I used white Lexon Panels over the first 12' of my pen (hope u can see in pic)
    its louverd so the rain falls down and it white to let light in and hot out..

    oh and it has wire first then the panels... seems to work great...

    ohh now I think I miss read... u want it for the sides.... ??!! sorry
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2010
  6. cjexotic

    cjexotic Cj's Mandarin Ducks

    Mar 11, 2008
    Central PA
    Thank you and boy what a nice run you have. Kudos to you. Thanks everyone. cj
  7. gjpaddles

    gjpaddles In the Brooder

    Apr 15, 2010
    Anaheim Hills
    I use a berlap sheet so that the air can still get thru but creates a nice shade. You can buy it in sheets or rolls.

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