Shade without trees

petlove

Songster
11 Years
Jan 27, 2008
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Skiatook, OK
Any suggestions on supplying shade in a chicken run if no trees are near. I have shade cloth but is it enough?
 

FarmGirl01

Songster
11 Years
Feb 5, 2008
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21
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AR
I have my birds in an acre pasture that they free range on. I have no natural shade for them. My husband built small "tables" for them to get under. They use them often to get out of the sun. The "tables" also provide shelter to get away from hawks and the goats love to sit on top. We have about three of them place at random around the pasture.
 

jimnjay

Songster
13 Years
Jan 11, 2007
1,911
36
201
Bryant Alabama
I make TeePees out of pieces of plywood. Anywhere between 3x3 to 4x4' work well. I just lay two pieces flat on the ground and put hinges on the seam. Then set them in the run with the opening facing south and north. I also put a tarp on the west side of the fencing to cast some shade on the area just to the east of the tarp. I find the birds lined up along the tarp in the afternoon sun. Shade Cloth is great for the mid day but when the sun starts to go lower in the sky it get really hot and the shade if harder to find.
 

petlove

Songster
11 Years
Jan 27, 2008
244
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129
Skiatook, OK
Thanks farmgirl01 and jimnjay for your ideas. I will utilize both.

I think it is fun to change avatars. Avatars and posting pics are new to me.
 

Moselle

Songster
12 Years
Jan 17, 2008
213
1
129
I'm not sure how permanent you want to go, but you could try putting up a trellis with a climbing plant/vine to cover it.
 

shadetree

In the Brooder
11 Years
Mar 15, 2008
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somerset ky
we took a 2x4 and ripped it into strips and then nailed the strips to the posts sort of like making a permanent blind.
 

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