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Should I Cover my Run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by TalkALittle, Sep 30, 2015.

  1. TalkALittle

    TalkALittle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2014
    So technically my run is already covered but since a picture is worth a thousand words, I thought a thread with photos that contrast extreme conditions outside the run and the protection a covered run provides might save people from building a run and then later wishing they had covered it.

    So, on that note, here's what it looks like outside my run today.
    That 3 inches of rain in the kiddie pool is just since this morning.

    And here it is in the run.[​IMG]
    Nice and dry.

    I'm sure many of you have your own pics (probably far more convincing than mine) so feel free to add them.
  2. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

    Dec 12, 2013
    I don't have pictures of it but our run is covered. About 2/3 of it has a shaded mesh type cover over it and the other 1/3 has a metal roof. All of that sure provided some welcome shade this summer when the temps were so high.

    A covered run helps keep predators out too and that's always a good thing!
  3. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2015
    SW Ohio
    Our run is covered with a metal roof. It would be a giant mud hole without it. Our dirt is boot-sucking clay and doesn't drain well. Even with an all day rain like we had yesterday, the hens were out & dry.
  4. TalkALittle

    TalkALittle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2014

    Love the description. Any photos of that "boot-sucking" mud?
  5. uzisuzuki

    uzisuzuki Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 30, 2014
    OMG I have the same dirt! After the last rainstorm a few days ago, I'm working on putting a metal roof on my run this weekend.

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