To roof or not to roof the run?

sovia

Songster
11 Years
Mar 4, 2008
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Black Hills of SD
When we built the run a few years ago, we decided to close the top in with hardware cloth because we have SO many predators here (mountain lions and everything). Well, I didn't realize how happy free-ranging would make my flock. Now, my flock is out all day roaming around, but I still have that hardware-cloth covered run. I hate it except when I have pullets. In the winter, the snow sits on top of it and I have to try to get up there and scrape it off so the whole thing doesn't come crashing down, plus I have to shovel out the run. And, in the spring, the ground becomes a stinky mess just like someone else mentioned in this thread. If I could do it over again, I would cover the run with those clear corrugated panels or else not cover it at all (maybe some bird netting with pullets). Just my two cents!
 

AlyUte

In the Brooder
9 Years
Mar 21, 2010
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Utah
We've covered our run with a sloped roof so we don't have to worry about the snow collapsing it. Where I live, I would not dream of not having a roof on the run. Between the heavy snow we get in the winter and the rains in the summer, I would either be shoveling snow or mucking through the mud all year long without a roof. Besides which, it gives the chickens a little extra shade, and our summers can get pretty hot.
 

City Gardener

In the Brooder
10 Years
Mar 22, 2009
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I love our roofed run. It was great with the snow, and when it rains, it's nice for the chickens to be able to still have some room. I think it also cuts down on the smell. A friend has an unroofed run, and in the rainy season, it gets pretty bad.
 
Jan 23, 2010
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Mountains of NC
You all have helped me convince my DH to roof the run!!!!!!!
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ADozenGirlz

The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png
10 Years
Oct 18, 2009
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Connecticut
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We live in the Northeast where the weather isn't always your friend, so I'd say a roof at LEAST in the wintertime is important.
Here's a picture of the top of our run BEFORE we winterized it. You can see that this hawk was foiled in his efforts to find a snack by the plastic netting (which, BTW, is much cheaper to buy and easier to install than chicken wire or hardware cloth).
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This picture shows how my DH winterized the run with heavy duty construction grade plastic sheeting from The Home Depot:
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And this picture shows why it was invaluable this winter! I'm thinking we may just keep it b/c it does such a fine job of keeping the girlz dry!
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