To tarp or not to tarp?


Jul 1, 2020
Small town in Washington
Nice coop! I wouldn't use a tarp for blowing away, or tearing apart reasons like it was suggested above, but you could probably screw roofing panels into the side pretty easily! i would put some kind of water barrier up though because, otherwise, all thought shavings will get wet and gross. Avery


Make eggs, not war
Premium Feather Member
Jul 10, 2020
Hey y’all!

First-time urban chicken owner here in need of y’all’s expert advice.

My girls’ coop is mostly wire, with a little covered area on the back. They spend most of their day in a separate run and for the most part only go in the coop at night. My next-door neighbor has a seriously bright fluorescent floodlight that shines like a spotlight right into the coop. Because I’m worried this will disrupt their sleep, and because I live in a place that’s prone to sudden nocturnal rain showers, I’ve been covering them with a tarp so they can have a dry and restful night.

I’m concerned, however, that the tarp prevents sufficient air circulation in the coop. There is a little space where the walls meet the floor, so it’s not like the area is completely sealed, but I want my girls to be as comfortable as possible in there and would hate it if it was too stuffy.

Does anybody have any thoughts, opinions, or creative solutions?
I made my coop curtains for this exact reason. The cloth offers better air flow.

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